Topics: Loss Control
Experts have noted that when crises occur, individuals involved tend to go on autopilot. There is no time during the crisis to think about what to do next, so everyone involved should know what to do ahead of time. When a crisis occurs, staff should know how to react; they should know the signals for crisis, the protocol for lockdown and evacuation, how to dismiss students and what to do if staff or students need help. Without a response plan and crisis education, the chances of responding appropriately in a crisis are generally much lower than if all players have practiced the basic steps they will need to take.