Emergency Management Reference Guide for The Lewistown Schools By Robert Rutledge
Why Have a Reference Guide?• The guide can be the basis for developing individualized plans for each building in a district.• The guide can provide a reference for staff training.• The guide can be used to review emergency procedures.• The guide provides a standardized response in emergency situations.
Negatives of an Emergency Plan Guide!• An emergency plan cannot replace common sense!• Flip charts can take time to use.• You cannot have a page for every conceivable emergency.• Your plan may contain too much information to be easy to use.• Your plan may not contain enough information.
Negatives of having a guide continued!• The plan must be available (handy!) when you need it!• Everyone needs to review the plan often in order to be familiar with it.• The plan itself must be kept updated.• You will never have agreement on what should be included in the plan.
How does the Emergency Management Reference Guide work• The guide needs to be near a phone, work station, or other location that is obvious to anyone who may need to use it.• The guide should be familiar to staff/others BEFORE an emergency occurs.• Staff should be trained and reminded often of how to use the guide.• In an emergency situation, the guide should be taken with the staff member.• In an emergency, the staff member will follow the procedures outlined in the guide if possible.
Key Points for Intruder/Threat of Harm• Call 911• If possible, try to isolate threat and prevent access to weapons.• Move others away from harm.• Initiate Lockdown.• Maintain personal safety (or accept risk if you are brave!) Remember students may be counting on you!
Intruder/Threat of Harm Continued• When police respond, they will focus on the intruder/shooter!• Follow the instructions given by police.• Be prepared to render first aid as needed until EMS arrives.• Wait for “all clear” signal from school administration.• Follow up after incident as needed.
Follow Up Actions• Notify Crisis Response Team• Observe students/staff for signs of distress.• Refer any persons showing signs of distress to trained professional(Crisis Team member).• Review actions taken during incident with purpose to improve response.• Document your actions for future reference as needed.
Emergency Management Reference Guide• If you don’t have one, build one!• If you have one, make sure you know where it is.• If you have one, make sure you know what is in it.• If you have one, make sure it is updated and relevant to your building situation.• Pray you never have to use it!