School administrators have a lot on their plates. Dealing with teacher and staff concerns, aggressive parents, and challenging children may be a strain.
Emergency weather scenarios are among school administrators’ most difficult situations. One must understand their responsibilities and the proper procedures to keep the school safe when the worst comes.
In this article, we’ll look at some basic steps you can utilize to keep your school safe during a severe weather event.
The best method to cope with an emergency weather scenario is to anticipate it. The more you prepare, the more time you have to protect the safety of students, teachers, family members, and other visitors to your school. Minutes, if not seconds, count.
So stay tuned in to the most recent severe weather warning systems. NOAA Weather Radio is the finest source of current information. These gadgets allow you to connect directly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and receive real-time updates on the current situation in your area.
The PA (Public Address) system will be the primary means of communicating emergency information to your kids. Unfortunately, weather conditions may prevent you from accessing this service. As a result, having a backup mechanism, such as a megaphone, is vital.
All the knowledge in the world won't keep you safe if you don't know where your school's designated safety zones are. But, in most cases, they will be included in your school’s “Emergency Action Plan” – EAP.
An architect or engineer is usually consulted to identify the required safety zones at a school. This information in the EAP is typically noted on school maps or shown by signage in the school itself.
The principal hazards of emergency weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms, include:
As a result, compact rooms with no windows, far away from outside entrances, and inner load-bearing walls are commonly used as safety zones. Lower levels are always preferred to higher ones – underground sites are great since they provide additional ground protection. A basement hallway, for example, is an excellent option.
Students should be sent to this safe zone as soon as possible when the threats are announced. In addition, the administration should inform students, instructors, and professors of the safe zone’s location. This enables a more organized and straightforward migration to a safer area.
Lower-tier emergency weather circumstances, such as thunderstorms, may not need the use of your whole emergency plan. For example, you may quickly bring in children from outside and potentially unsafe regions, such as mobile classrooms. On the other hand, severe thunderstorms necessitate additional precautions, such as moving pupils away from doors and windows and into safer locations.
To safeguard students and teachers from the storm, activate your entire EAP if a thunderstorm warning is issued. Of course, the same is true for extreme weather, such as heavy rains & floods, but, ideally, your school will have been evacuated before s thunderstorm approaches.
When students are set to leave, emergency issues might arise. In this case, you are recommended to be prepared to keep them in place. Consider the reasons below when deciding whether to postpone student departure from your institution.
If the math shows that your pupils will be in danger before they arrive home, postpone their departure until the emergency weather system passes.
In addition, in the event of severe weather, do not allow parents to come to pick up their children – a school bus provides insufficient protection from extreme weather systems, and a passenger automobile is no better. Children are always safer in school when emergencies arise, than on the streets.
These 5 recommendations are only the tip of the iceberg – or the tip of the tornado, if you will – so keep researching if you want to learn more about school emergency preparation.
Hydernmet has developed technologies to safeguard schools against adverse weather conditions, including a weather monitoring app for schools called Vyomet. They are also utilizing CLASS to teach children about climate change. Climate Learning and Student Safety, or CLASS, is part of the STEM program for grades K-12. Earth Networks and Davis Instruments technologies are introduced to schools through this initiative. CLASS is a superb STEM curriculum because of GLOBE’s technology and Learning & Research platform.