Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. Training should also include spontaneous events such as tornado, earthquake or airborne irritants.
The public addresses for shelter are:
Shelter for Tornado! Drop, Cover and Hold
Shelter for Hazmat! And Seal Shelter!
The public address is repeated twice each time the public address is performed.
A Tornado is the most likely event that would activate this response protocol. All campuses have identified appropriate shelter areas within their building.
If one finds themselves in an area where a specific shelter area does not exist, move into interior hallways or small rooms on the building's lowest level. Avoid areas with glass and wide, free-span roofs, i.e., cafeterias and gyms.
Each individual is responsible for sheltering. If there are special needs that prevent individual responsibility, administration should plan on how to best provide sheltering assistance.
Shelter is typically called by the school operator but may be called by students, teachers or first responders.
Predestinated areas within the building, suitable for a tornado or severe weather should be indicated on maps. All staff and students should be made aware of the safe areas and should understand why some areas are not considered as structurally safe, i.e., glass enclosed areas, high roof areas such as (typically) gymnasiums or cafeterias.
A Shelter Method should be drilled twice a year.