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Plan courses of action for when students and staff are required to remain indoors, perhaps for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside the building or a room than outside. Depending on the threat or hazard, students and staff may be required to move to rooms that can be sealed (such as in the event of a chemical or biological hazard) or without windows, or to a weather shelter (such as in the event of a tornado).
The planning team should consider the following when developing goals, objectives, and courses of action:
- What supplies will be needed to seal the room and to provide for the needs of students and staff (e.g., water).
- How a shelter-in-place can affect individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, such as students who require the regular administration of medication, durable medical equipment, and personal assistant services.
- How to move students when the primary route is unusable.
- How to locate and move students who are not with a teacher or staff member.
- Consider the need for and integration of “safe rooms” for protection against extreme wind hazards (such as a tornado or hurricane) in order to provide immediate life-safety protection when evacuation is not an option.