Chris Joffe

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March 25, 2015

Emergency Plans: The top 5 mistakes to avoid [Guest Post]

Imagine this…the fire alarm goes off but you know it’s not a drill. What happens next? Does your staff know who to communicate with and when, in order to get everyone to safety? Are there enough staff trained and prepared, who can lead the school to safety based on the plan that is outlined in that giant binder?

This scenario can happen at any time, during school hours or in the middle of the night. Whether it is a catastrophic emergency or a smaller contained issue, your staff will need to be prepared to deploy and facilitate the appropriate responses to each situation.

So the question is: How prepared is your staff to deploy the plan your administration painstakingly put into place?

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As the leading provider of emergency services for more than 100 schools, Joffe Emergency Services has seen the effects of emergency plans gone wrong. Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when it comes to emergency planning for your school.

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October 23, 2012

Emergency strikes. What happens next?

In case of an active shooter, fire, flood, lockdown, or earthquake, what is your school’s exit and release plan? Many schools have outdated policies that fail to account for well- (or ill-) intentioned parents, guardians, or familial friends who may use an emergency to gain unauthorized custody of your students. Not updating or rehearsing your exit and release plans can result in chaotic on-scene accountability problems and lasting legal headaches.  Now is the time to start planning ahead. 



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