Following the Parkland incident, we asked:Some schools have augmented these procedures to require additional roll-calls to be taken – on paper.Since written records are not transmitted to incident management teams, it is clear to see the communication failures inherent in current protocols.Our goal is to ensure that school district financial constraints do not lead to compromised student safety.
- Why couldn’t staff tell whether to respond to the fire alarm or lockdown?
- Why didn’t the incident management team know which children were safe, injured or unaccounted for?
- Why did it take so long to determine where the shooting was occurring?
PROBLEM 1: OUTDATED COMMUNICATION TOOLS
- Staff in Parkland did not immediately understand what was going on because their lockdown safety procedures relied on audio intercom exclusively, which could not be heard while the fire alarm was ringing
- The incident management team at Parkland did not know which children were safe, injured or unaccounted for because there was no real-time method for teachers to be able to transmit this information to incident managers
- It took a long time to determine where the shooting was taking place because like most public schools, Stoneman Douglas lacked a method for incident managers to quickly send and receive emergency communications