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Section 4 Unit 1—Universal Emergency Response Procedures

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:

  1. Evacuation Procedures for Buildings
  2. Alert Status (Procedures)
  3. Lockdown Procedures 
    • Shelter-in-Place
  4. 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.

See also Section 4 Unit 2—Emergency Response Protocols


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