Emergency operations plan templates, such as the State of Ohio Template created by the Ohio Attorney General School Safety Task Force, for Ohio districts, are a great starting point. These templates provide details on identifying specific threats, creating a school incident command system, communicating with the media, making a floor plan checklist and more. However, in order to be successful and cover all bases – these templates should be customized with specific district and school-specific threat assessments and environments in mind.
As a further example, emergency operations plans should detail the many potential emergency situations that can occur. Let’s look at one aspect of preparation alone – weather. A school located in California should prepare for an avalanche or landslide, wildfire situations and drought. However, a school in Ohio may instead plan for a flood or winter storm. On the east coast, and in Florida, schools must prepare for the potential threat of a hurricane.
When it comes to human events such as a bomb threat, violent intruder or kidnapping, the geographic location of a school may not be as paramount to planning, as these threats and attacks can be executed anywhere. However, the specific layout of a building and its support staff do play role in successfully managing a specific threat. Additionally, the proximity of emergency care workers such as police, firefighters and paramedics; along with a solid communication system within a district can greatly impact how well a plan is executed.
With so much to consider, why not use a professional service to help prepare and practice executing a emergency preparedness plan? At Common Sense Defense, we will help you develop a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan for your school by coordinating meetings with local law enforcement, first responders, parents, teachers, and staff; conducting thorough threat assessments and safety audits, auditing building floor plans and site plans and much more.
For more information about the details that go into creating an emergency response plan please visit our Common Sense Defense resources page to learn more! We offer a wide range of services to fit your specific needs, and the needs of your school system beyond emergency operations plan preparation.