As a PARENT/GUARDIAN, what do I do if I receive a text message (or call) from my child saying something like, "there is an emergency at school - come get me!"
We are not in the business of telling a parent how to parent. But we do strongly recommend that you consider the following:
1. We have developed the best Emergency Response Plan that we possible can with input from expert agencies.
2. We are fully prepared to and will implement that plan if needed.
3. The ability to move emergency response vehicles in and out of our school campus is vital. A large number of private vehicles will make this very difficult.
4. If the school is on "LOCK DOWN" you will not be allowed to enter the school.
5. We will post accurate information on this web site and send an AlertNow message as soon as possible.
6. If the message you receive from your child may cause you to think the school may not be aware of the emergency. Call the school immediately!
If there is a crisis, how will I know what is going on?
The AlertNow Rapid Communication System is what we will use as our first line of emergency parent communication. Please make sure we have your "BEST" phone number. You can go on the AlertNow - Rapid Communication link on the left for more information and to change that phone number if needed. The Burke County Public School System is also set up to communicate with parents on our web site and local TV/Radio.
The term "All-Hazards" is an Emergency Management term that means this plan was developed to address all possible emergencies that could occur in the school environment. We have attempted to do that, but experts in the field of Emergency Management will tell you it may be impossible to plan for all emergencies.
YES - drills are a major component of the REMBC! As an example, we have fire drills as set by state law along with severe weather drills. We also train and drill for other possible emergencies that could arise.
Prevention-Mitigation - activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the likelihood of occurrence, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable hazards.
Preparedness - plans for what to do, where to go, or who to call before an event occurs.
Response - put the plan in action!
Recovery - our plan to return our school(s) to normal.
Does the REMBC consider those of us who live within the Plant Vogtle Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ)?
YES - we work very carefully with Plant Vogtle on all matters of safety including the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Our transportation department is prepared to hold or modify bus routes into the EPZ if called for. It is very important that if you live within this EPZ that you complete the form provided by Plant Vogtle.