Our Emergency Procedure Manual outlines our responses to various emergencies including earthquakes, fires, power outage, loss of water, serious accident or illness among staff or children, severe winter storms, school intruder/strangers/volatile encounters, hazardous waste accidents or chemical emergency. The plan, which staff reviews annually, is posted with the resource documents in ParentsWeb for you to review.
In order to be prepared and to comply with state law, we hold monthly fire, lockdown, shelter-in-place and earthquake drills. This may upset some younger children. We urge you to practice for earthquakes and fire evacuation at home. It is prudent and if familiar with them, children won't think these drills happen only at school.
Because our region has the potential for catastrophic earthquakes, the Washington state Department of Emergency Management asks parents to provide an emergency comfort kit for their children. These kits are generally reserved for very serious events in which children may be stranded at school for an unknown amount of time, for survival, comfort and distraction. We also ask, in case of such an emergency, that you provide a three-day supply of any critical medications that your child needs to take daily. For more information about the emergency kits, see the resource documents in ParentsWeb
We suggest that each family have their own emergency contact plan, which includes the number of an out-of-state contact in case of major emergencies here. It is generally easier to call out of state than locally at such times. In such an emergency each family member calls the out-of-state contact to let them know where and how they are. That contact lets other family members know what's happening. Please include that number as one of the emergency contacts for your child, in case it is easier for us to reach that person than to reach you.
WMS also keeps some supplies of food, water and first aid materials here.
All staff members are trained in First Aid, CPR and have taken a Blood Borne Pathogens-HIV/AIDS prevention course.