We can’t stress this enough – a plan is only as good as the level of practice and understanding your employees have of it.
We have assessed many businesses and schools that have impressive Emergency Action Plans complete with an active shooter plan, off site muster locations*, and intelligent mass notification procedures. However, our dialogue with teachers or employees often uncovers the fact that they have no idea what to do in the event of an emergency or active shooter, they’ve never drilled the Emergency Action Plan, and they have never actually seen the full Emergency Action Plan document. All the muster stations in the world won’t help if the people meant to run the muster stations don’t know it’s their job!
Consider this scenario: there is a bomb threat at your school and, according to your Emergency Action Plan, Ms. Smith is tasked with getting all fourth graders to the offsite muster station. Ms. Smith, however, has never seen the Emergency Action Plan and has no idea that she has a special role. She doesn’t even know that there are offsite muster locations. Is this Emergency Action Plan any good? Again, a security plan is only as good as the level of practice and understanding the employees have of the plan.
If you have an Emergency Action Plan, you need to make sure your employees:
- know about the plan
- understand the plan
- know their specific role in the plan
- PRACTICE the plan
* A muster site is a location offsite from your school or building where employees or students congregate during an emergency that requires evacuation.