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Drills (Required)

As of July 2013, Engrossed Senate Bill 5620 changes the required emergency drills that all schools are required to conduct. Schools are required to have no less than one safety-related drill each month, and must document the date and time of each drill. Over the course of the school year, schools must conduct:

  • 3 fire evacuation drills per school year
  • 3 lockdown drill per school year
  • 1 shelter-in-place drill per school year
  • 1 drill using the school mapping system
  • 1 high-risk event drill determined by the school —earthquake, tsunami, lahar, flood, or other high risk event drills are encouraged

Schools must document each drill. Adapt this sample form as needed for local use. Coordination with local fire and emergency responders is strongly encouraged.

Defining Emergency Terms for Schools is a 5-minute video tutorial (YouTube) for Washington schools to assist them in their preparedness efforts.

Drills Using the School Mapping System – At least one drill each year must make use of the school mapping system (i.e., Rapid Responder). The intent is that principals and/or other administrators will access the mapping system on a regular basis to increase familiarity with the system and its use in emergent situations.

For the purpose of meeting the requirements of the law, the mapping system should be accessed during the drill, and information stored in the map should be integrated into the drill. Examples of using the school mapping system in a drill include:

  • Conduct an evacuation drill based on a gas-leak scenario, and use the information in the Rapid Responder system to locate the gas shut-off valves. Assign personnel to locate the valves and simulate shutting them down, while concurrently evacuating the school.
  • Conduct a fire evacuation drill based on a fire in a specific area of the school building. Use the information in the Rapid Responder system to assess potential hazards in the vicinity of the fire (e.g., hazardous materials or gas lines), and respond appropriately.
  • Conduct a lockdown drill that transitions into a campus evacuation drill. Access the Rapid Responder system to determine transportation loading zones and reunification sites.

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   Updated 8/22/2016

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