SAFETY TIP TUESDAY
Provided by the NCESD Workers' Compensation Trust
- Keep a current class list & student absences in a safe, easily accessible location.
Prepare and maintain an emergency "Go Kit".
Teach students what to do during and after an earthquake.
Develop and drill/practice special procedures to help those with special needs.
Conduct hazard assessments periodically to ensure items are properly secured so they won't fall over, causing injuries, blocking an exit, starting a fire, etc.
If inside the building:
Drop, Cover and Hold On... until the shaking completely stops.
If you have difficulty getting on the floor: Get as low as possible and cover your face, head and neck.
For those in wheelchairs: Lock the wheels, stay seated and cover your face, head and neck with your arms, a pillow, book or anything else that is available.
If cover is not available: Drop down by an interior weight bearing wall.
Stay away from windows, light fixtures, and suspended or unsecured heavy objects.
If outside the building:
- Move away from buildings, trees, and wires.
- Drop down to the ground & protect your face/head/neck until the shaking stops.
- Follow procedures for:
Student/staff accounting, including reporting missing or unaccounted persons.
Administering first aid as needed.
- Calm/reassure frightened students.
- Evacuate immediately if instructed to do so or if the safety of students or staff is threatened!
- Take your class list and "Go Kit" with emergency supplies.
- Use the Buddy System: Partner with another teach or assign 2 responsible monitors to lead the way while you bring up the rear to ensure every stays together.
- Remind students of the rules: Don't talk! Don't push! Don't run! Don't turn back!
- Watch for hazards, i.e., broken glass, dangling lights or wires, ceiling struts, slippery floors, etc.
- Do NOT use any elevators.
- Be prepared for aftershocks... and to Drop, Cover and Hold On again!
Once you are out, do NOT re-enter the building until notified it is safe to do so.