Today, more so than ever, school administrators must be prepared for all types of emergencies, and to do this, they need help. Of course, you can’t be 100-percent prepared since an emergency is unexpected and things change. However, there are ways to ensure your school is as prepared as it can be, so when the time comes everyone knows what to do to help mitigate the situation.

In schools, active shooter incidents typically come to mind first, based on the news headlines we see daily, but there are a lot of other incidents to prepare for. For example, regular emergency responses that take place include:

• Medical emergencies such as a heart attack, lethal allergy, seizure, or critical injury
• Fire in a chemistry lab or cafeteria
• A missing student
• Violence against teachers or amongst students
• Illegal substances or potential weapons on site
• Non-emergency injuries

4 ways school administrators can be prepared for all types of emergencies

Seminole County Public Schools in Florida has put procedures and technologies in place to help keep administrators, students, and the community as safe as possible during one of these events. The county boasts a population of more than 450,000 people with 61 K-12 schools consisting of 66,000 students and 8,000 employees. With thousands of lives on the line, maintaining safety throughout an emergency event requires timely updates, open communication, and collaboration between all stakeholders.

(Next page: Steps to take for emergency preparedness)

About the Author:

Captain Richard Francis is school safety and security director at the Seminole County sheriff’s office in Florida.


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