School Shooting: What should you ask your school?
Before Christmas vacation starts, ask a few questions of your school's administrators and teachers.
Parents and grandparents should be asking questions of their children's schools. This goes for pre-school through college. If the school is a local one go to the administrative office and ask these questions:
- I would like to see a copy of this school's emergency management plan? See how long it takes for them to find it and produce it. What is the date on the plan? If it is five years old or older it is very likely out of date.
- Ask, "When was this plan last exercised? I'm not saying a fire drill, but a full on disaster exercise.
- Have local first responders, fire and police, review this plan? Have they participated in exercises?
- Where will my children be taken if the school is evacuated?
- How will I be contacted to inform me of an incident?
- What procedures are in place for the reunification with my child?
- How long are staff prepared to stay with my child if this is a regional event that impacts the teachers and staff who have their own children in other schools?
- What disaster supplies, if any, does the school have in place?
- Does this care facility have an emergency generator and what does it power?
- How much fuel is stored on site and how long will the generator provide power with that amount of fuel?
- How often is the generator tested and for how long is it tested?
- Is a "load test" done at least annually?