All Hazards Preparedness
Program for Schools
Overview of Program:
The Whatcom County All Hazards Preparedness Program offers a proactive approach to school emergency training and assists school’s in providing a safe and secure place for children to learn and grow without fear. Through training and exercising, schools will:
*develop relationships with the first responders in their area
*will have the opportunity to test and evaluate their school’s emergency plans, policies, and procedures.
The Division of Emergency Management and area first responders have collaborated with one another to offer various training to local Whatcom County school districts. From natural and human caused disasters to violence in schools, this program covers it all and continues to expand.
Base Level Training Courses:
Although not required, these recommended prerequisite “base level” courses will help prepare and train your staff for the more advanced training modules. After a building staff or administration cadre has completed the Base Level Training, they can begin scheduling additional training for building staff or administration. These courses are:
- Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools
This free online course is designed primarily for kindergarten through high school personnel. The overall course goal is to promote school safety by: (1) familiarizing you with how Incident Command System principles can be applied in school-based incidents; (2) preparing you to interface with community response personnel.
Length: Depends on test taker
Online Interactive Web-based Course – Take the test
- Incident Command System Organizational Chart Development
Led by an Emergency Management liaison and in collaboration with select school staff, you will develop and complete an Incident Command System (ICS) organizational chart for your school within a hour time block.
Length: 1 hour
- IS-362.a Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
This free online course course is designed for teachers, substitute teachers, counselors, parent volunteers, coaches, bus drivers, and students. However, anyone with a personal or professional interest in school preparedness is welcome to participate. School administrators, principals, and first responders alike will find useful information in this course.
Length: Depends on test taker
These courses are offered in an effort to assist schools with specific challenges they may face in there planning and mitigation efforts. Led by an Emergency Management liaison and in collaboration with selected school staff, you will develop and complete training, planning assistance, and or an exercise in any of these courses.
*Active Shooter Table Top Exercise * Search and Rescue Heavy Lifting *Bus/Transportation Security
*Basic Explosive Device Awareness *Fire Suppression *Triage and Treatment
*Communication Protocols *Evacuation/Lockdown/Shelter-in-Place (planning and exercise) *Regional Gang Awareness Training
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Additional Training and Links:
- School Districts can request a copy of the Whatcom County All-Hazards Emergency Planning Strategy for School Safety workbook that gives guidance on what schools can be doing to keep kids safe. These strategies are endorsed by the Whatcom County Chief’s & Sheriff Association. Contact: (360) 676-6681
- OSPI School Safety Center
- IS-100/IS-700/IS-200- Register Now
- ICS-300– Submit course interest request to CDJohnso@co.whatcom.wa.us
- ICS-400 – Submit course interest request to CDJohnso@co.whatcom.wa.us
- IS-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
- School Emergency Plan Template