Fire, Inclement Weather, Lockdown, and Other Disaster Prevention Drills for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:19 am

Thanks @FireAlarmTech9 for last year's topic and letting me steal it. =]P
It's time to begin a new school year (mine starts in a few weeks, in fact). So let's start it off!

Talk about your disaster prevention drills that you have this school year - Fire drills, inclement weather drills, and lockdown drills to name a few. You can also post updates of your school's system if there were any changes or inspections done there.

Please remember - the point of disaster prevention drills is to practice what you would do if an actual emergency occurs. A few pointers for you and your classmates:
  • Take drills seriously and act as if they were real. Drills are practice opportunities so evacuations can be swift yet safe.
  • What would you do if such an emergency were to strike at the school? In your classroom? For example, would you assist your friends in getting out, or make sure the way is clear of hazards before letting others know it’s safe to evacuate the room?
  • Follow specific instructions from your school. Take note of certain announcements or signals used during emergencies.
  • There is often little time between a warning and evacuation. This is why it's important to be ready to respond to any warning given.
Feel free to discuss emergency incidents that occur in your school too.
REMEMBER: If an actual emergency occurs, remain calm and secure your personal safety. Follow instructions of the staff and take proper actions.

With that in mind, go ahead and update us on your drills and disaster prevention happenings! :)
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:19 pm

Oh man, the fact that this is already posted makes me realize that summer went WAY too fast.
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:58 pm

idontwannaknow wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Oh man, the fact that this is already posted makes me realize that summer went WAY too fast.
It was posted earlier than previous versions of this topic.
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:03 pm

I made this topic a "sticky" and downgraded the 2017-2018 to a standard topic. You'll see this one in place of the older one now, but you should still be able to find the posts from 2017-2018 somewhere farther down in Fire Alarm General Discussion.
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:32 pm

Do most schools announce fire drill to students ahead of time or without any announcement?
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Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:33 am

Really, you had to remind us teachers that summer is almost over?!?! :D Actually, I am ready to go back.

My state requires fire drills monthly. I think it is up to each district to come up with requirements for lockdown and tornado drills. We usually do one of each during each quarter.

As for announcing them, my school does not send an email or make an announcement stating "fire drill at 2:00 today" or "lockdown at 9:15" . However, if you happen to hear the plans for a drill, its no big deal.
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Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:42 pm

idontwannaknow wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Oh man, the fact that this is already posted makes me realize that summer went WAY too fast.
I know right?
teach1987 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:33 am
Really, you had to remind us teachers that summer is almost over?!?! :D Actually, I am ready to go back.

My state requires fire drills monthly. I think it is up to each district to come up with requirements for lockdown and tornado drills. We usually do one of each during each quarter.

As for announcing them, my school does not send an email or make an announcement stating "fire drill at 2:00 today" or "lockdown at 9:15" . However, if you happen to hear the plans for a drill, its no big deal.
Hah, sorry. :P

Georgia requires monthly fire drills, which can only be substituted for a tornado drill in November and February. Security related drills are up to the district.
I believe that we're going to start announcing when drills occur a few minutes before they start (that's one major change happening). I'm not sure if they email the teachers for that.
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:33 pm

Drill Day! We did all three major drills: Lockdown, Tornado, and Fire Evacuation in the same day. (10:13-10:49)

Lockdown: We hid in the corner of the room away from the window and door. There was only whisper and small talk going on; no one was really quiet and kids were on their phones. Apparently the blue wheelock strobes did flash (none in the classrooms), and the teacher thought the new Siemens SEH on the ceiling was one of those alarms. It never flashed.

Tornado: Everyone either went to the first floor lockers and did that kneeling thing or into the locker room and sat in the seats. It was very loud in the locker room because of how echoey it was, and we missed the first out of five announcements to go back to class so we can practice evacuating the school.

Fire: This is the only one y’all were waiting for. The Simplex system did in fact activate and not the new Siemens FireFinder system (SPEAKER STROBES ARE GETTING INSTALLED), so we got to smell that... no joke. The Simplex 9846s doing their thing made it smell like there was an actual fire going on, never noticed it the years prior. Anyways, I did hear a bit of TrueAlerts on the farthest end of the school doing code-3 since they’re on SmartSync, unlike the rest of the TrueAlerts and other NAs. Everyone in the halls were talking which really muffled the horns, (besides the carpet) so they weren’t very loud for me, didn’t cover my ears at all lol.

So yeah, if we have a false alarm frenzy like last year, I’ll report it here. Funny thing is, I realized the 9105s and 9846s were probably gonna go off instead of the SEHs (or SETs, idk what’s the difference) because they didn’t go off during the Tornado or Lockdown drills (they have ALERT lettering not FIRE lettering) If I do hear them, they’re probably being tested and the PA will tell us to stay in school (kids).
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Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:52 pm

Alright guys, this next one happened at 1:30 to 2:00 today, I’m not sure if school starts late for you guys or you forgot about this topic but here we are today.

So it was 6th period English class, and we were beginning to do a debate on whether this poem called “Haiku for Him” should be in a school magazine (none of this is real). Your boy got administrator role so a lot of the argument and decisions fell on me and two other kids. The first kid who's playing the student role speaks three words and the Simplex 9846s fire up in the hallways, the classroom 9105 strobe going with it. We all shout “Yay!” and walk to the exit. (We ended up waiting outside for about 20 minutes before we were allowed to go back in. Turns out the construction of the east building addition (which I was in) went wrong a little bit and set off some TrueAlarms.

That was cool. Also loud. I wonder how much of a game changer the Siemens MNS voice system will be once they finish up the system installation.
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Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:17 am

I'm sure that it will be a little less noisy than the 9846s. LOL
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Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:53 pm

They aren’t frightening since there is remote strobes in the classrooms. However I can agree they’re really loud especially when you’re walking right next to one (I don’t cover my ears)
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Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:16 am

There was one 9838 in my high school that was excruciatingly loud and that was in a stairwell that was accessible from the freshman wing. Probably the most shocking part was that the Teen Center had a door that led directly to that stairwell and just on the otherside was that same 9838 that was mounted at head level. :shock:
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Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:11 am

Here’s my post from UCFAM
HenBasket wrote:
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College is upon me, and since I am staying in the on-campus dorm, that means I have to put up with kids who can’t cook, or those who decide it’s a good idea to smoke marijuana in their rooms. Anyways, I will be posting the videos of them here (after I edit them for time and content).

Here are the first three alarms I’ve experienced so far:





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Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:38 pm

Another video is posted in reply to the thread I quoted.
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sunlight99 wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:32 pm
Do most schools announce fire drill to students ahead of time or without any announcement?
Since the school shootings earlier this year these announcements have become common at my high school, with exception of this month’s drills which was surprisingly unannounced (although when the fire department shows up, we gotta do it; our SRO and the Administrators (Principal, Vice Principal, and Athletic Director plus one of my English teachers who acts as second floor fire warden) always have a meeting right before our fire drills.

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