Campus Blizzard Safety procedures are important in maintaining a secure campus during Winter Storms
A blizzard is a winter storm characterized by strong winds, significant snow, wind chill, and poor visibility due to blowing snow. Blizzards can last for days and can create a variety of dangerous conditions which may pose risks to the health and safety of everyone. Campus blizzard safety is imperative:
- Power outages
- Fallen trees/branches
- Frozen water pipes
- Flooding from melting snow
- Dangerous driving conditions
On the IDentifyED app safety procedures will help with what to do to stay safe and secure on campus during a blizzard:
IDentifyED is our solution for managing safety, security, and communications.
1Often times blizzards can be anticipated, in which case you will simply get a SNOW DAY notice through IDentifyED to your email, text, campus calendar, Kornukopia inbox, Identifyed APP, device notification services, digital displays, your organizations Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as if your organization chooses voice call broadcasts.
2Sometimes Blizzards can come in quickly and intensify, it is important to find a warm dry place immediately. If you are in your car seek a place to get off the road and find safe accommodations.
3You will have time to plan a nice place to stay and all the appropriate accommodations to wait out a blizzard. Don’t underestimate a big snow storm, follow the campus Blizzard Safety plan.
4Swipe up on your IDentifyED app to find your campus blizzard safety procedures.
5Swipe left on the ID screen of IDentifyed and you will come to your campuses’ custom app, the campus may have added additional links there as well as potential systems or sources of information.
6The IDentifyED system has integration into the I Love U Guys Foundation’s standard response procedures, these campus blizzard safety procedures will tell people how you need to respond and reduce panic during a blizzard.
7If you need help use the IDentifyED 911 or other help request feature on the help screen this will direct you to specific campus response personnel on IDentifyED and explain to the dispatcher the issue. Campus resources might be the best place to call for help on your campus. If for any reason you are not able to get in touch with campus resources, do not hesitate to dial 911 on your phone app.
8Emergency personnel during a blizzard with IDentifyED can also involve or escalate to additional personnel as well as any emergency responders.
9Emergency responders will also maintain and update critical event message boards about the blizzard, that will allow everyone in the campus to get the most critical and up-to-date campus blizzard safety information.
10If you need help or others need help during the blizzard, you can make additional help requests that might document additional assistance and additional people who might be injured during the blizzard.
11Check into a location, class, event, group or transportation so that emergency responders know where everyone is.
12Look for updates to the locations as well, perhaps the campus will add shelter locations so that you can accurately share your location with friends, family and your organizations emergency responders.
13If you check-in, and then need help — emergency responders will be able to respond to your specific location with much better detail. For example, during a blizzard it is possible that you are on the 20th floor in room 2001 of a 20-story building. If you need assistance, your IDentifyED reported longitude and latitude will only tell the responders what building you are in, a good check-in will help them narrow it down the floor and room, so that they can find you.
14If you are handicapped and need help or are unable to access the elevators due to a power outage or other reasons. Make a handicapped help request with your specific checked in location (many organizations have designated handicapped assistance areas for you to check into.)
15Once the Blizzard is not a threat — emergency personnel will either broadcast out an all clear or send out information about campus closures.
16If an all clear is sent during a blizzard assume that there will be additional information that may need to be shared, stay sheltered until you are able to get assurance that it is safe.
17After a blizzard please report any and all personal injury or other issues through IDentifyED.
18After a blizzard please report any damage to property or safety concerns via the IDentifyED Help request.
20Follow the instructions from emergency responders.
21For IDentifyED campuss; During a blizzard reunification you should be told where to report to. It is possible that traditional/anticipated buildings or rally points are not safe to shelter or meet at so it is important to listen to and follow the directions of emergency responders.
22For IDentifyED campuss; When arriving at a reunification area, make certain you check-in or are checked in to that location.
23For IDentifyED campuss; Parents should follow reunification procedures during a blizzard reunification. Parents should be instructed as to what will occur by campus personnel please follow the directions you are being given.
24After a blizzard, you may experience power outages and damage that may result in the campuses being closed. IDentifyED is housed offsite from your campus so IDentifyED should remain online during any and all emergencies. As long as you can get to internet services you should be able to get to IDentifyED. For this reason, during an emergency it is very likely that IDentifyED will be your campuses best means to communicate.
25Continue to monitor IDentifyED emergency broadcasts, news and alerts as well as critical event boards after the Blizzard because campuss will need to update you on when campus will resume and any other additional information.
26After a blizzard, IDentifyed may also be used to update everyone calendar events, communications, projects and assignments look for these updates on IDentifyED first in order to minimize and optimize communications. It is likely that many parties including coaches, teachers and staff will update calendars, message boards, send messages and provide additional updates via communication dashboards or group portfolios.
27IDentifyED’s many communication resources like user portfolios, messaging, message boards, calendars, chat, group chat, emergency broadcast, campus-wide news and alerts will all be used during and after a blizzard. So, monitor IDentifyED and use IDentifyED as your primary source of information.