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9 Tips for More Effective School Lockdowns

1/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

9 Tips for More Effective School Lockdowns

Keeping doorslocked, avoiding codes and having reverse evacuation protocols will help to ensure your lockdowns are implemented quickly.Chris Dorn January 8, 2013School and public safety officials around the world are re-evaluating their lockdown protocols, training and drills in light of the tragic shooting atSandy Hook Elementary School. There is no "one size fits all" lockdown protocol that will work properly in every school because procedures must reflect differences in school design and local law enforcement response capabilities. Lockdown protocols that look great on paper or during basic drills initiated by an administrator can have significant gaps when tested by actual events. We have seen instances of delays in the implementation of lockdowns ranging from a minute to several minutes in actual incidents, and we have often seen fail rates of 60% to 81% during simulations that require individual staff members to make and communicate the lockdown decision.Here are some lessons learned from our assessments:
  1. Don't focus all of your efforts on active shooter situations. If lockdown training and drills are focused on active shooter situations, a higher fail rate occurs when other types of incidents occur or are simulated. As Lt. Col. Dave Grossman often states, the human brain is the most effective survival mechanism known to man - but only when properly prepared. Dr. Gary Klein's research indicates that experiencing or simulating a wide range of crisis situations can prepare us to make life and death decisions more effectively. click here for full article
 
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