Called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard. Training should include response to severe weather threats and hazmat incidents.

Schools will quickly move students, staff, and visitors indoors, perhaps for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside the building than outside. For severe weather, depending on the threat level (watch vs. warning), stakeholders may be required to move to rooms without windows to a weather shelter, or to rooms that can be sealed (chemical or biological hazard).

Public Address:
The public address for shelter should include the hazard and the safety strategy. The public address is repeated twice each time the public address is performed. For example: “Shelter in Place! Move to an interior room! “Shelter in Place! Move to an interior room!

Hazzards May Include:

  • Tornado
  • Severe Weather
  • Wildfires
  • Flooding
  • Hazmat spill or release

Safety Strategies May Include:

  • Evacuate to shelter area
  • Seal the room
  • Drop, cover and hold
  • Get to high ground

Severe Weather:

  • Public announcement should include the specific hazard and the safety strategy.
  • Pre-determine safe areas (lowest floor level, short roof spans, interior rooms/hallways away from exterior doors and windows).
  • Safe areas should be marked on posted floor plan/evacuation maps throughout Buildings (s).
  • Practice “Duck and Cover” position: have students sit facing the walls, crouch and cover the back of the head and neck, lacing their fingers.
  • Place a sign on the main entry notifying parents and other visitors that the drill is in progress and that their access if restricted until the drill is over.
  • Designate time after the drill for teachers to debrief with students and other staff members, as well as administration.