Washoe County School
Emergency Response / Crisis
Chris Smith, Director of Emergency
Where We Started
• Director of Emergency Preparedness
Position Filled Mid – November, 2005
• Emergency Response Community
Relations were limited.
Where We Are?
• Each day, incidents occur in the Truckee
• The WCSD recognizes that community
emergencies affect the schools.
– Storms, Floods, Police & Fire Activity
• School emergencies often affect the community.
– Pine Middle School Incident, Spanish Springs HS /
• Bridging the gap between 1st responders /
Emergency preparedness world to the schools
Where We Are Going?
• We have a long road ahead
– No end in sight
– No rest stops
– No exits
– Traveling this road to prepare schools for all
stakeholders – students, parents, employees
and the community at large
Crisis Management Grant
• United States Department of Education
2005 ERCM Grant Recipient
• Approximately $950,000
• 18 month grant performance period
• Three Performance Measures and Six
• Performance Measure 1 –
– Increase the number of hazards addressed by
improved school emergency response plans
• Performance Measure 2 –
– Improved response timeline and quality of response
to drills / exercises / incidents
• Performance Measure 3 –
– Establish plan for sustainability and to continuously
improve / exercise school emergency response plans
beyond period funded by the grant
• Objective 1
– Build the capacity of the WCSD to plan
effectively to MITIGATE, PREPARE,
RESPOND & RECOVER
• Objective 2
– Involve Parents / Students / Community
Stakeholders in emergency planning
• Objective 3
– Create comprehensive data base of site
specific information regarding critical
• Objective 4
– To insure ongoing training for ALL school
staff, students and others to facilitate
implementation of emergency plans
• Objective 5
– Provide means to monitor and update school
safety plans to insure sustainability and
• Objective 6
– Facilitate implementation of NIMS
The Community and the WCSD
• Partnerships / Assistance Exchange
– WCSD Student Health, Counselors, Transportation, Athletic Trainers, Police
Department, Safe & Drug Free Schools, Truancy
– WCSD Charter Schools, Bishop Manogue H.S.
– American Red Cross
– Washoe County Health Department
– University of Nevada
– State of Nevada Division of Mental Health
– Regional Transportation Commission
– Sierra Pacific Power
– Reno / Sparks Indian Colony
– Veterans Hospital
– Washoe County Emergency Management
– State of Nevada Department of Emergency Management
– Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.)
– Cities of Sparks and Reno Police, Fire and Public Works
– Consolidated Sex Offender Unit
– Washoe County Sheriff’s Office / CERT
– North Tahoe Fire Protection District
What can I do at my school?
• Faculty/Staff Inventory – What skills does
my staff have?
• Comprehensive (current) staff cell phone
• Assist administration in forming a School
Incident Response Team – Who needs to
be on the team?
What can I do at my school?
• Do parents know how to pick up kids in an emergency?
• Do parents know what bus number their child rides?
• Does my school have a Student Release Team?
• Does my school have Emergency Go-Kits?
– SASI Records – Schedules, Parent Contact, Staff /Student
– Basic First Aid Kit – CPR Masks
– Flashlights, extra batteries
– Extra radios?
– Paper / Pens / Markers / Tape
– Contact Information for Staff
• Our schools are safer places for people
because of our community relationships
• Working together to insure school safety –
• Washoe County School District =
World Class School District
• THANK YOU!!!