One of Scecina Memorial High School’s current initiatives is continuous safety improvement because this is a top priority. While we have a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan, we continuously evaluate and update it.
Our safety team consists of 20 members covering a wide array of expertise (i.e., President, Principal, Director of Guidance, Academic Advisor, Guidance Administrative Assistant, Business Teacher, Director of Academic Success Center, Campus Minister, Master Teacher, Vice President of Advancement, Athletic Director, Director of Marketing Communications, College and Career Counselor, Dean of Students, Facilities Manager, Assistant Director of Facilities, Receptionist, and Social Worker). It is important to have many different perspectives when continually assessing an array of crises’. Our safety team will meet with first responders too. At our upcoming meeting, we will learn about the Five Preparedness Missions: 1) Prevention, 2) Mitigation, 3) Protection, 4) Response, and 5) Recovery. I will provide brief definitions of these missions based what happens before, during, and after a crisis. Please note that several of these preparedness states do overlap (i.e., while we plan how to mitigate the loss of life before a crisis, during one, we assess, based on the situation, the best way to this).
Before a crisis, the team works on Prevention, Mitigation, and Protection. Prevention involves capabilities necessary to avoid, deter, or stop an imminent crime or threatened or actual mass casualty incident. Mitigation involves ways to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage by lessening the impact of an event or emergency. Finally, Protection identifies the capabilities necessary to stabilize an emergency once it has already happened or is certain to happen in a unpreventable way.
Response activities occur during a crisis. Response means the capabilities necessary to stabilize an emergency once it has already happened or is certain to happen in a unpreventable way.
Recovery occurs after a crisis. Recovery provides guidance on how to assist schools affected by an event or emergency in restoring the learning environment.
Please be assured that our team continuously assess and updates our Emergency Operation Plan.