Challenge: Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Congratulations to all staff and students who took part in today's emergency evacuation simulation.
Gone are the days when a fire drill is just ringing alarms and students gathering on the playground. The staff have now completed extensive training covering all manner of possible emergencies. Ranging from fires, gas leaks, electrical issues, school intruders, severe weather alerts, chemical spills, threatening behaviour, medical emergency, animal hazards and lockdowns.

In order to be prepared for the many variables that could occur, the evacuation drill today had a specific scenario/simulation:
Member of the public came in to inform the school that a fuel truck has crashed into power poles outside. Power lines were down, fuel truck could not be moved, no fire had yet started.
1. One stairwell being worked on with electricians and power tools being used: These stairs to be avoided. (Actually happening!)
2. One staff member who was not aware of the emergency in a breakout room. (Simulated by the principal Leigh Mirto)

Office staff who were made aware of the danger assessed the situation and quickly made all required decisions.
An emergency evacuation was called to the school. All students and staff avoided the stairwell with power tools as instructed. All staff not in the act of teaching reported to the emergency contact point where the chief warden (Mrs Critchley in today's scenario) assigned them to be Comms officers and Wardens. 

Comms Officers ensured communication between staff and then checked for all staff and students to be accounted for.
Wardens did a full sweep of the school marking off their designated areas as they went.
The emergency area was evacuated, the inaccessible stairs avoided and the missing staff member found!

Students and teachers are not made aware of the details of the emergency until the debrief. The main focus for staff with students (staff in the act of teaching) is to keep the class together, move to the assembly area and ensure students remain calm.

All in all this was done quickly and efficiently. All staff assumed the role they needed to, depending on their location, at the time of the emergency and students moved quickly and efficiently. The staff will now evaluate any areas that require attention in procedures and processes.