Carbon monoxide poisoning in Atlanta school reminds us of the importance of functional protocols

In a still-developing incident, a reported 43 students and 5 adults were overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning at an Atlanta elementary school this morning.  This is an important reminder that there are a lot of other types of crisis events that could necessitate the evacuation of a school besides a fire.  It is not uncommon to see news stories of factory fires or other community hazards that give need for schools to evacuate.

Medical experts say that there are not likely to be any permanent injuries with a relatively low level of carbon monoxide poisoning, but that parents should watch for long term symptoms that may appear in students.

This reminds of a recent edition of “Ask Safe Havens” that discusses functional protocols (a series of response procedures and action steps that can be adapted to a wide variety of crisis events) and why they are helpful for school safety and crisis planning.  In the next episode we will discuss incident specific protocols (action steps to be taken during a specific type of crisis).

Functional protocols (Ask Safe Havens) from Safe Havens International on Vimeo.

 

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Senior Analyst & VP, Operations at Safe Havens International
Chris Dorn has worked in the field of school safety since the age of 14 when he became famous for his concealed weapons demonstration at school safety conferences around the nation. Today he works with schools across the country to improve safety, security and emergency preparedness.
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