Lockdowns: School Lockdown Drills & Procedures

Fire drills and security drills are required for schools throughout the United States. From California to New Jersey, these preparedness drills are reducing the amount of time needed to account for students and staff in the instance of a real emergency. 

Schools have also started practicing lockdown drills, which include active shooter training. Working closely with local law enforcement, these schools are empowering teachers and staff to work collectively using a responsive and discrete communication software. 

CatapultEMS has participated in many active shooter trainings at school districts, giving them the software needed to communicate quickly and efficiently. With CatapultEMS software, communication between law enforcement, a school's Site Safety Team and teachers/staff within the school can happen instantly. Law enforcement watches a real-time update of students and their locations from their phone/tablet/laptop and can communicate with the responding staff/teacher. 

One of the main concerns is teachers evacuating during an active shooter incident into the line of fire. Law enforcement can communicate directly with a teacher and tell them when and how to evacuate, if it is even safe to do so. 

Because situations change so quickly in these emergencies, giving the teachers a way to handle the situation and NOT feel alone, is what is making these drills so powerful. 

By practicing lockdown drills, schools can reduce their lockdown procedure accountability time. A first time lockdown drill might take 18-20 minutes for full accountability of staff and students, but the second time is where you see the difference.

By the third drill, schools can reduce their time to be closer to 1-2 minutes for full student accountability.

With CatapultEMS, you also see a full real-time accountability of students and staff on a GPS map. Law enforcement can reach out to a teacher directly that may have an injured student and get them help first. 

The schools actively involved in emergency procedures rename their drills to be called "Communication Drills." They brief their staff and initiate lockdowns, evacuations and shelter-in-place throughout the year to keep everyone up-to-date and actively participating. This reduces panic and increases communication when faced with a real emergency situation.