School Safety – 7 Tips for Emergency Drills

A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Emergency Drills with Emergent3 to Increase School Safety

School safety is a top priority for K-12 institutions, and safety drills are crucial for preparing students, staff, and first responders to handle emergencies effectively.

“Safe schools promote the protection of all students from violence, exposure to weapons and threats, theft, bullying and harassment, the sale or use of illegal substances on school grounds, and other emergencies.” National Center on Safe Learning Environments

The success of these drills depends on careful planning and consideration of various factors. In this guide, we’ll explore key considerations for conducting successful school safety drills, with a focus on the unique capabilities of Emergent3.

  1. Plan Your School Safety Drills

Effective school safety drill management begins with proactive planning. Schedule drills throughout the year, providing clarity for administrators and allowing for the coordination of other events. Emergent3 facilitates seamless drill scheduling across entire districts, streamlining the process and ensuring compliance with state safety drill requirements.

  1. Accommodate Students with Special Needs

Consider the diverse needs of students, including those with special requirements. It is important to conduct drills in a way that accommodates every student, ensuring they are neither overly stimulated nor at a physical disadvantage during the drill.

  1. Prepare for the Day

On the day of the drill, ensure that staff members are aware of their specific roles and functions. Emergent3’s Drill Manager sends automatic notifications to assigned staff, keeping everyone informed and compliant with the school safety drill schedule.

  1. Account for Visitors and Substitute Teachers

Drills may involve unexpected situations, including visitors and substitute teachers. Emergent3’s Visitor Management integrates seamlessly with Emergency Management, allowing schools to account for everyone on campus during an emergency, including visitors, contractors, volunteers, and substitutes.

  1. Involve Stakeholders and First Responders

Build relationships and strengthen safety profiles by inviting external agencies to participate in drills. Emergent3 recognizes the importance of familiarizing outside agencies with drill protocols, logistics, and the overall campus layout.

  1. Dynamic Drill Execution for Adaptive Measures

Avoid becoming rote in school safety drill execution. Emergent3 recommends introducing variability by having different employees initiate drills from various locations, keeping staff and students adaptable to changing circumstances.

  1. Recap and Analyze 

Conduct after-action meetings to address logistical matters, receive feedback, and improve future drills. Emergent3’s visual dashboard provides valuable data for analyzing drill performance, identifying gaps, and continuously improving safety outcomes.


Emergent3 is more than software; it’s a partner in enhancing school safety. From meticulous planning to post-drill evaluations, Emergent3 provides the tools and resources necessary to protect every child, every school, every day. Reach out to Emergent3 for a comprehensive demo and discover how we can elevate your school’s safety preparedness.

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