Coming from the Greek word skhole, school means a place of discussion and/or leisure.
It is where the brain undergoes mental gymnastics and is in a state of fun at the same time.
But natural disasters and ASES (active shooter events) can happen anywhere, even in school.
With this, learning in school becomes not ‘fun’ at all.
It’s actually scary!
Because of this, school management, teachers, and students must be prepared at all times.
Most natural disasters are predicted with the modern instruments man now has. This will give a fair warning when to evacuate.
But it is not always the case.
Click on the links below to learn how to protect yourselves should a particular natural disaster occur.
- Winter storms
- Thunderstorms and Lightning
- Volcanic eruption
Unexpected disasters may happen anywhere including schools.
That’s why campuses must know if their area has natural disaster risks. They must have an action plan and proper resources to protect everyone during a disaster.
ASES or Terrorist Attack
In 2017, there were 29 ASES recorded in the United States alone. And sadly, recent active shooter incidents involved a lot on school grounds. Campus shootings and terrorist attacks have been rampant for the past years in different states.
There is no pattern or method to their selection of victims or places. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Since officials still have not ruled out the reason for these occurrences, more schools must increase preventive measures and emergency plans.
The successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together.
One must be vigilant of suspected threats like unattended bags in public areas, people trying to enter secluded places as well as those who are wearing bulky clothing. They may be hiding bombs underneath.
Because we cannot predict where an active shooter event will take place, what we can look into are the recent events and statistics for indication. Since there’s a high percentage, 45 percent in schools, as a ground for such occurrences, school management must educate the teachers and students on how to analyze the possible threats, what to do during the event, and what to do right after.