Specific Emergency Situations

ACCIDENTS RESULTING IN INJURY
1. Notify a nurse or another adult trained in first aid to determine the extent of the injury and the need for further medical assistance. If further assistance is necessary, the appropriate medical assistance should be summoned immediately.
2. Notify the victim’s family by phone to report injury. The emergency form on file at school should be utilized to determine parent/guardian’s work phone number, alternate person to contact if parents cannot be reached, and parents’ consent for emergency treatment to be rendered if parent/guardian cannot be reached.
3. Designate an adult to accompany student to the hospital if hospitalization is necessary. This adult would communicate details of injury to hospital staff and to report back to the school in regard to the progress of the injured individual.
4. Complete an incident report form by the adult present at the time of injury.

 

BOMB THREAT
A bomb threat may be received by telephone, mail, or message. Telephone threats may be received at the school office, over public telephones located on school property, and over home telephones of staff members. Any staff member receiving a bomb threat should follow these procedures:
PERSON RECEIVING THE CALL SHOULD:
1. Alert the principal or someone else in the office if possible by a prearranged signal while the caller is on the line. The other individual could attempt to call “911” in order to ask assistance in tracing the call while the caller is still on the line.
2. Listen. DO NOT interrupt the caller. Note the following:
a. sex and approximate age of caller
b. voice characteristics, accents, speech mannerisms
c. background noises: music, traffic, etc.
d. exact time of call
3. Ask the following questions:
a. What is your name?
b. Where is the bomb located?
c. What does the bomb look like?
d. What time is it scheduled to explode?
e. What is the source of information?
4. Notify the administrator of threat.

 
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CALLER HANGS UP:
1. Call “91l”.
2. Notify the pastor.
3. Have custodian/teachers make a systematic and rapid search of building and surrounding area:
a. classrooms
b. public areas (restrooms, corridors, cafeteria)
c. exterior areas
d. power sources
4. Evacuate the building if danger seems imminent. Use fire drill procedures for evacuation.
5. If building is evacuated, students remain in safe area until further instructions are given. If the building is declared unsafe, a SchoolReach call will be made to parents.
6. No publicity is to be given to bomb threats except to those in authority.

 

If a Written Bomb Threat is Received:
1. Preserve written bomb threat(s) for police investigation. Do not handle once the letter/note/writing has been found or opened. A note found on the bathroom mirror or on a wall should be preserved. Everyone should be kept out of the general areas.
2. Contact the pastor or facility administrator.
3. Cell phones must NOT be used in and around the building following a bomb threat call or the discovery of a bomb since the use of these devices COULD set off the bomb.

 

CHEMICAL SPILL
All hazardous cleaning supplies are currently under lock and key.

 

Hazardous material spills may occur inside a building, such as a spill in a science lab. If this should occur, the following steps should be taken:
1. Alert others in the immediate area to leave the area.
2. Close the doors and restrict access to affected area.
3. Notify the Fire Department and provide the following information:
a. building address and site name
b. your name and phone number
c. location of the spill and name of substance spilled if known
d. characteristics of spill (colors, smells, visible gases)
e. injuries, if any
4. Follow the directions of the Fire Department.
5. Prohibit any eating or drinking.

 
DISTURBANCE/UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY/POSSESSION OF WEAPON

 
1. Disturbance is defined as any presence on the school premises by authorized or unauthorized persons whose purpose and conduct is antagonistic to the orderly operation of the school and the welfare of students and staff. In such an incident the major objective is to keep school personnel and students from undue exposure to danger.
2. The principal will announce to teachers and staff the need to lock and secure all classroom doors.
3. Teachers nearest restrooms will check restrooms and take those students into their homeroom.
4. Teachers should instruct students to keep quiet, stay away from windows and doors. Blinds should be closed and visibility into classroom cut off.
5. Communication with office will be by teacher cell phone.
6. Secretarial staff will be moved to a secure area in order to maintain open lines of communication.

7. If an individual possesses a weapon, the following steps should be taken:
a. Notify the administrator of the presence of an individual with a weapon.
b. Remain calm. If possible, remove other students to a safe area. If not possible, attempt to prevent students from antagonizing the person with the weapon.
c. Ask the individual to accompany the teacher/administrator to the office.
d. Ask the individual to surrender the weapon (if situation warrants). Ask the individual to speak to you without pointing the weapon at you.
e. Notify the police.
f. Notify the parents if it is a student in possession of the weapon.
g. Notify the pastor and Catholic Education Center.
h. Notify all school families of what happened and how the incident was resolved.

 
EARTHQUAKE

 
An earthquake is a trembling or shaking of the earth’s crust caused by underground volcanic forces or by the breaking or shifting of rock beneath the surface. St. Louis is an area of high seismic risk due to its proximity to the New Madrid Fault. Scientists at the Center for Earthquake Studies estimate the probability of a damaging earthquake of magnitude 6.0 or greater as 90% by 2040. The probability of an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude or greater is estimated at 25% by 2040.

 

Earthquakes of this magnitude are powerful enough to cause alarm, making it difficult for people to stand up, to cause items to become flying objects, to shatter glass, to cause structural damage to building, and to cut off utility services. Communications are likely to be lost and some exit doors are likely to be impassable.

 
Because of the wide-spread damage that such earthquakes have the potential to cause, everyone will need help. Therefore, people need to prepare to be self-sustaining for at least three days.
1. During an earthquake, the greatest immediate danger is being hit by falling objects. Teachers give command to DROP/COVER/HOLD ON. Everyone should drop to their knees and hold on to the legs of a desk or table. Stay away from windows and freestanding cabinets and bookshelves, since they are likely to topple. Open classroom door if possible.
2. If outside at the start of an earthquake, move away from the building, utility poles, and areas with overhead wires. Lie down or crouch close to the ground.
3. When the tremors cease or several minutes lapse between shocks, the facility should evacuate. Use alternate routes if exits are blocked.
4. When exiting the building, staff should be aware of falling bricks or other items from above.
5. Authorities will shut off gas, water, and electricity leading to the building. STAFF SHOULD NOT ASSUME THIS RESPONSIBILITY. However, someone should be prepared to explain to authorities where those shutoffs are located.
6. No one should return to the building for any reason until an “all clear” has been declared.

 
Exiting the building:
1. Teachers will assess injuries and post (GREEN) CLEAR SIGNAL OR (RED) NEED HELP SIGNAL on classroom door. This can be found in the emergency backpack.
2. If any student cannot be moved, the teacher stays with the student until help arrives. If the teacher is injured, a Buddy Teacher will take the class.
3. Evacuate the building, without running, when instructed or when the tremors cease. Classes will line up on Lot A. Grade levels will assemble in a straight line – one grade level per line. Preschool starts parallel to field. Take roll as soon as possible. Use the notification form in your emergency backpack and send to Emergency Operation Center. The Emergency Operation Center will begin outside the Parish Center door.

4. Remain quiet in order to hear instruction.
5. All staff members/parents should perform their designated duties as listed below:
Principal
Establish safe location for Emergency Operation Center.
Set up a control desk for Family Reunification.
Issue order to evacuate.
Develop priorities for the release of teachers.
Set up mutual aid.

 
Assistant Principal
Assume authority in the principal’s absence.
Assess teacher/student injury – assist as needed.
Assess building damage – report to appropriate personnel.
Establish a Triage, First Aid, and Supply area on Lot C.

 
School Secretary
Take teacher/staff roll.
Act as runner.
Make signs for Emergency Operation Center, Triage, First Aid stations.
Keep portable walkie talkie/radio ready.

 
Maintenance Director
Cut off utilities.
Maintain fire extinguishers and know locations.
Have a floor plan of the building available for emergency workers.
Request aid from fire, civil defense, police.
Collect damage assessment reports.
Survey plan for damage and report to the Pastor and/or Principal.
Fire abatement.
Conserve useable water supply.

 
Religion Coordinator
Check Junior High and Preschool hallways for damage.
Tape off hazardous areas.
Communicate plan procedure to PSR   teachers.
Assume authority in principal’s or assistant principal’s absence.
Assist at Emergency Operation Center.

 

Nurse
Keep necessary First Aid equipment.
Have emergency cards updated and available.
Set up First Aid table and supply station.
Be current in CPR methods.
Store extra medicine for necessary cases.
Organize volunteer medical team.

 

Primary Learning Consultant
Check upper level hallway for damage.
Tape off hazardous areas.
Authorize dismissals from Student Release Station.

 

Junior High Learning Consultant
Authorize dismissals from Student Release Station.

 

Teachers
Be familiar with school preparedness plan.
Educate students about the plan.
Have classroom emergency backpack easily accessible and close to classroom exit.
Identify Buddy Teacher.
Post and review exit procedures.
Call roll at assembly point.
Send “evaluation form” to Emergency Operation Center.
Assume responsibility for student safety and welfare.
Teachers who are not with a homeroom at the time of the emergency should find his/her class as soon as safety allows.
It is suggested that a teacher lead two groups of students with his/her Buddy Teacher.
One teacher is at the head of the line. Students in both classes exit and second teacher is at the end of the line.
Try to keep students calm and occupied.

 

Parents
Be familiar with emergency plan.
Make sure children know the names of the people on their emergency dismissal form.
After an emergency, such as an earthquake occurs, DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE. Lines must be kept open to call for medical or police assistance.
If possible, walk to school to reunify with your children/family.

 
FIRE
Fire drills are held on a regular basis.

 

When alarm sounds:
1. Evacuate building according to fire exit directions. Alternate exits should be known in case an exit is blocked.
2. Proceed to assigned assembly points. Students not in the classroom when alarm sounds should go out nearest exit.
3. Move quietly. NO TALKING.
4. Walk quickly but DO NOT RUN.
5. First person to the door should open and hold door until all persons have evacuated the building. Then close the door.
6. Teachers should take class roster and close classroom doors.
7. Teachers should take roll when the class is at assembly point.
8. Teachers should report to the administration if any students are unaccounted for.
9. Remain at assembly points until further instructions are given.

 
TORNADO
Tornado drills are held on a regular basis.
1. A repetition (3 times) of the “TONE” will signal a tornado drill.
2. Students are to move away from windows immediately and walk in SILENCE to the assigned places.
3. Students should go to the hallway, kneel down facing the wall, and put heads down, hands over heads. A signal will be given to return to the classroom.
4. P.E. classes will go to the hallway outside the cafeteria and kneel down facing the wall.
5. Stay away from glass/windows.
6. If students are in the cafeteria, shelter in the hallway leading to the Parish Center and/or stairwell nearest the cafeteria.

 

UTILITY FAILURE
Failure of one or more of the utilities (electricity, gas, or water) constitutes a condition that must be dealt with on a situational basis.

 
Dealing with utility failure will include the following steps:
a. The maintenance personnel in the building and the pastor will be notified.
b. Contact the utility company.
c. Advise the staff of the problem and the actions to be taken.
d. Evacuate the building if the failure of the utility poses an immediate danger or threat.
e. Parents will be contacted through SchoolReach, if cancellation of classes is necessary.