Introduction to Universal Emergency Response Procedures
Universal Emergency Procedures are a set of standard, clear directives that may be implemented across a variety of emergency situations.* When an emergency begins, the principal, as Incident Commander (IC), will decide which Universal Emergency Response Procedures to implement, based on the situation. A flowchart is included to aid the IC in making that decision.
There are four basic procedures which can be utilized in responding to various emergencies:
- Evacuation Procedures for Buildings
- Alert Status (Procedures)
Severe Weather Safe Area Procedures
- Drop, Cover, and Hold
These emergency response procedures are listed in the chart on the following page. Note that there are two variations of procedures—Section C, Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place; and Section D, Severe Weather Safe Area and Drop, Cover & Hold— to address special circumstances. For student/adult accounting,
* Adapted from FEMA, 1999, and Henniker Community School, 2000.
- Continued in the full PDF version of Section 4 of School Emergency Response Plan and Management Guide.