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What is Shelter-in-Place?

What is a shelter-in-place school drill?

Shelter-in-place is a precaution taken to keep teachers and students safe while remaining indoors. The idea is to find a small interior room without any windows or with very few windows and hide in there until the threat passes. Shelter-in-place does not mean the entire school is sealed off.

Where do we go?

The designated shelter-in-place room or area should have lockable doors so everyone can be secured. Think large coat closets, supply closets, that kind of thing. It is best to have an entrance and an exit. Most school coat closets or even supply rooms are walk-thru, making them ideal for this use.

Shelter-in-place drills are put into practice so that everyone knows the routine. They know where to go, who to follow and who is in charge.



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Locker rooms make excellent shelter-in-place options. They are sturdy and normally void of any windows. Usually they have both an entrance and exit as well.

Young Children

Keeping children occupied even during a practice drill is a kin to herding cats. The best option is preparedness. Leave a book or series of short stories and a small battery operated book light stored in the designated room. Reading to young children in a quiet voice ensures that they have to pay attention in order to hear what you are saying. They are concentrated on listening to you.

Reasons Why

Shelter-in-place warnings are precautionary in nature and schools may be asked to shelter-in-place for a variety of reasons. It could be anything from a police investigation in the area to a storm. But, keeping you and your students as safe as possible during an emergency event is the only goal.

How to Plan

Sheltering in place need not be complicated. Simple planning works best in any situation. We’ve discussed the school option for this drill or warning. There are also steps you can take at home or work. Check out the US Government’s site: https://www.ready.gov/shelter for a list of ways to prepare and carry out a shelter-in-place order in any location. I’ve only given you the basics here.

Additional reading about the shelter-in-place warning is in our post here: (Shelter-In-Place)

Product Options

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Please note that Active Defender neither supports, nor receives anything in return for providing this link. It is simply informational and for your personal use. Decisions about safety are very personal.

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State by State

For further information on shelter-in-place Google your state’s emergency management plans. Over the next several weeks we will highlight certain areas and their procedures. We’ll talk about what is working and what is not. We’d love your input, so please do not hesitate. Contact us today (910) 683-0090 or email j.boyte@active-defender.com

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