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The Anatomy of an Emergency Drill

Posted on August 26, 2014

by Dr. Paul Turnbull on August 26, 2014

P3201478.JPGDestination independent schools like Mid-Pacific have many complex parts that, when all put together, yield an incredible result. One of those complex parts represents our ability to provide a safe and supportive environment for the entire school community.

In addition to providing outstanding academic and extra-curicular programs, the Mid-Pacific administration is committed to maintaining an environment that reflects the best practices in emergency communications. In order to test ourselves against these best practices, Mid-Pacific held its first emergency drill today, conducting a lock-down drill and analyzing our internal processes and our communication with families.

Our drill began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 10:08 after all campus entry points and all classroom buildings had checked in as "secure." The emergency drill started and ended with communications to families that included email, telephone, and text messaging in order to test our own emergency communications systems. The vast majority of our E2Campus system proved effective, although we have a few areas that will receive our attention in the immediate future.

Overall, our drill was successful because of our preparation. I am grateful to our staff, our families and our students for their commitment to Mid-Pacific and our efforts to continually refine our practices.

E Kūlia Kākou,
Let's strive and aspire together

Paul Turnbull, Ph.D.