|5/8/2014 1:58:00 PM|
Punching up safety
MOE practices safety, earns grants and donations
|Submitted by Katie Abrahamson School Counselor Morgen Owings Elementary|
The Lake Chelan Elementary School, known as MOE (Morgen Owings Elementary) practiced a full-scale evacuation last Wednesday, April 30. To be compliant with state requirements, public schools must practice a number of drills throughout the school year. MOE as well as the Chelan Middle and High School have performed some type of drill each month (earthquake, fire, evacuation, and lockdowns). For the final demonstration, we chose to do a full-scale evacuation that included an alternate location. This has not been done before, but administrators recognize the importance of being prepared in case of any emergency.
According to all attendees, the drill went very well. At 12:45 p.m., each class and educator exited the building and walked the four blocks to the football field where teachers took roll, secretaries set up a re-unification process and answered questions. Secretary, Fabi Lara, recalled that the drill went well, with only a few hiccups. EMT's who were present asked how many students should be on the field, how many checked out of school early, and such questions that will help us be better prepared in the future. The Chelan Fire Department and the Chelan Police Department also took part in our mock-evacuation, by securing the scene, observing our strategies, and noting anything that could be improved.
In addition to tightening the drill procedures, we've also created emergency backpacks for each classroom and common area that contain medical supplies and lockdown items needed for long-term shelter. We received a grant donation of $500 from the Eagles Auxiliary and also a supply donation from Kelly's Hardware to help support our effort. We are very thankful for everyone's contributions.
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