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Keeping Safe – Preparing and Practicing for Emergencies

When an unexpected emergency or dangerous situation arises, strange things happen to our minds and bodies as adrenaline kicks in. Our hearing, vision, and equilibrium changes. People’s minds go blank. Some individuals freeze up while others run away, even into danger, as they attempt to flee.

If placed in a dangerous or confusing situation, our instincts take over. This is called the Tache-psyche effect. That is why it’s so important for schools to practice for emergencies. These practice drills, done over and over again, imprint safety procedures into our minds. These become our instinctive reactions that will take over in a real-life emergency situation. Having practiced leaving in a single line and walking quietly, it becomes second nature for students to exit in an orderly fashion. Having practiced finding a place to sit on the floor away from windows and doors, students do so no matter which room they’re in.

In preparation of the unexpected, most schools have created procedures and checklists which sit in a binder or on a computer, leaving the information difficult to access during an emergency. Many schools depend upon announcements over PA systems as their primary means of communication with little or no two-way communication. Instead, find and utilize tools designed to overcome these shortfalls, instilling their use as part of this instinctive reaction to emergencies through practiced use.

Prepare and Practice

  1. Review and update, as needed, emergency plans once a year and after each drill. Your once a year review will identify which emergencies have not been practiced or may no longer apply. Updates immediately after a drill can incorporate valuable feedback.
  2. Create a practice schedule with drills designed for instinctive muscle memory. Follow the same procedure in the same order. May weather related drills might be similar except for the gathering location.
  3. Train teachers and staff to use short, direct instructions –“Come here.” “Stay down.” “Follow me.” – These are better understood by frantic minds.
  4. Utilize tools that enhance speedy communication school-wide, call for outside help when appropriate, and that place emergency checklists at your staff’s fingertips.

As an educator, you know the importance of preparation and practice. It will help your students to follow instructions when they are frightened. In a stressful situation, it will give your staff and teachers the confidence to lead and direct in order to keep their students safe.

How we can help

Quick, easy and ongoing communication is key in any emergency. Getting the right information to the right people is critical.

Kidio’s Panic Button allows instant communication of emergency situations and instructions to staff, teachers, and preselected outside responders. This can be done through a phone app or via a web portal.
Completely customizable. No two school are alike. Modify our 15 pre-installed emergency situations to fit your needs. Then add your procedural checklists and list individuals or emergency responders to automatically notify.

Quick Start up. If you use Blackbaud, we are now an authorized vendor making set up easy. Additionally we can also integrate with any SIS in the K-12 market today. Most schools can be ready to rollout the entire system after staff training within a week.

To learn more about our cost-effective solution, please schedule a demo.

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