Where are all the codes?During the development of the SRP it became clear that there is a growing consensus among experienced emergency managers that codes, such as "Code White" or "Dr. Black is in the building" are confusing, if not meaningless in a crisis situation. Therefore we made a commitment to "No Codes" in our programs and we suggest you replace codes with plain language.
Why is there no comprehensive list of emergencies per action in the SRP?Instead of creating, or more likely re-creating, a list of hazards you would find in a traditional safety plan and what to do in each instance, the SRP is designed as an enhancement that covers any critical incident. Some things you would want in a comprehensive safety plan might fall outside the scope of the SRP, such as theft or facilities maintenance issues. Good things to have a plan to handle and prevent, but may not warrant enacting the SRP.
Can the SRP be used in conjunction with other safety plans?Yes, absolutely. The SRP is designed as an enhancement to any safety plan. It covers critical incidents by standardizing vocabulary so stakeholders can easily understand the status and respond quickly when an unforeseen event occurs. Comprehensive safety plans will include components such as communications, operation continuity and reunification plans like the Standard Reunification Method (SRM).
Seriously, what does it really cost?Since its introduction in 2009, public K12 schools, districts, departments and agencies were free to use The "I Love U Guys" Foundation programs at no cost. In 2015, the Foundation expanded availability, and now offers the programs to any public or private organization at no charge. Simply download the materials and begin the process.
What about business/church/institution use?Please look at the materials designed specifically for institutional use.
I see you offer training, do we need to buy training in order to use the programs?No. We've attempted to put enough material online so that schools and law enforcement can successfully implement Foundation programs. We know of thousands of schools across the US and Canada that have implemented the programs using internal resources. That said, part of our sustainability model relies not just on charitable giving, but in providing training for districts departments and agencies. If your organization is interested in Foundation training, please contacts for rates and terms.
What is the difference between Lockout and Lockdown again?The term "Lockout" is used when there is a potential threat that can be mitigated by bringing everyone inside. It should be announced with the directive "Secure the Perimeter" which signals teachers and staff to lock exterior doors and while it calls for heightened situational awareness, allows for indoor activities to continue. The term "Lockdown" means there is an active or imminent threat inside or nearby requiring immediate protective action. It is followed by the directive "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and requires locking classroom doors, turning out the lights, and remaining hidden until first responders arrive. Effectively if the threat is outside the building, Lockout. If the threat is inside the building, Lockdown.
What if the threat is close to the building?There may be situations where both a Lockout and a Lockdown may be called simultaneously. In this case securing the perimeter, securing the classroom and getting out of sight would be the practice.
In Lockdown, you suggest unlocking the outside doors. What's up with that?No. We don't. We occasionally hear this but our guidance is actually a little different. We suggest not putting anyone at risk by locking or unlocking outside doors. If the doors are locked leave them locked. Be sure you have a plan, in advance, that allows first responders the ability to enter the building quickly.
Won't people still come in the building if the outside doors are unlocked during a Lockdown?Yes, people may be able to enter the building during the window of time between calling a Lockdown and the arrival of first responders. A Lockdown is called when there is a life safety threat inside the building. During the development and throughout the lifecycle of the SRP, constant, deliberate scrutiny of all risk/benefit guidance is performed by the Foundation, district and law enforcement representatives. This has resulted in the Lockdown guidance provided. That said, with any guidance provided, we defer to local decisions. If you are a district, please consult with your local law enforcement representatives for final guidance.
Why isn't there a "Hold in your Classroom" directive and action?There may be situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. For example, an altercation in the hallway may demand keeping students out of the halls until it is resolved. The focus of the SRP was in creating common language and expectations between students, staff and first responders. While we looked at "Hold in your Classroom" as a fifth action we realized that the action was almost exclusively a day to day operational demand rather than a first responder shared action and directive. With the mandate of "Keep it Simple," the decision was made to not make "Hold in your classroom" an SRP action. That doesn't mean you can't use "Hold in your classroom" or any other day to day operational action. In fact, we've included an optional section in the classroom training that addresses "Hold in your classroom." Today, it is an optional segment, not an official action of the SRP.
I thought I saw shelter guidance?When we developed the SRP and released the first version in 2009 we included FEMA guidance regarding the Shelter directive and actions. FEMA changed that guidance in 2014. We are removing specific shelter guidance from our documentation and defer to the current practices published at http://fema.gov as well as your local emergency management guidance.
Can the SRP be used in conjunction with other safety plans?Yes, absolutely. The SRP is designed as an enhancement to any safety plan. It covers critical incidents by standardizing vocabulary so stakeholders can easily understand the status and respond quickly when an unforeseen event occurs. Comprehensive safety plans will include components such as communications, threat assessment, local hazards, operation continuity and reunification, amongst other items.
Can I modify materials?That depends. The core actions and directives must remain intact. These are: Lockout "Secure the Perimeter"
Lockdown "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight"
Evacuate followed by a location
Shelter followed by the hazard and safety strategy Some details may need to be customized to your location. For instance, the classroom poster should include hazards and safety strategies that are specific to your location.