Keeping your campus safe and secure during a nuclear or radiation event.

Your campus needs to maintain safety and security during a nuclear or radiation event. With nuclear reactors, X-Ray machines, physics labs and other devices on some campuses, there is a potential threat for terrorists to attack close to home or simply some type of nuclear or radiation exposure.

In case of a real threat, preparedness experts urge everyone to take the following measures to both survive the blast and the radiation that follows:

  • Find indoor shelter as quickly as possible (within 15 minutes) and stay put (for 24-48 hours).
  • Get as many layers of a building between you and the outside world as possible.

Some types of (ionizing) radiation can be blocked by glass or paper, specifically, alpha and beta particles. However, gamma and neutron radiation can easily penetrate dense objects and can be very harmful and lethal. This is why it’s important to evacuate to the nearest location with the most walls and obstacles between you and the affected area.

IDentifyED is our school safety, security and communication infrastructure for radiation spills:

1Do not put yourself in harm’s way for any reason, check the campus nuclear safety emergency procedures on the IDentifyED App.

2Typically, but not always you will be told to shelter in place. To cover or tape all doors, vents, and windows so that you are not exposed to any nuclear or radiation exposure.

3Nuclear or radiation exposures can come from many different sources. Like a truck or train accident, an accident in a physics lab, an X-Ray area or perhaps some community incident. Nuclear or radiation exposures are very uncommon but more common than you think.

4If you witness or experience a nuclear or radiation exposure possible event make a help request immediately, if possible add text and a picture. Do not put yourself in harm’s way for any reason.

5Swipe up on your IDentifyED app to find your  campus nuclear safety or radiation exposure emergency procedures.

6Swipe left on the ID screen of IDentifyed and you will come to your campus’ custom app, the campus may have added additional links there as well as potential systems or sources of information.

7Nuclear or radiation exposures may affect only a small area or a large community. The IDentifyED system has integration into the I Love U Guys Foundation’s standard response procedures, these procedures will tell people how you need to respond and reduce panic during a nuclear or radiation exposure.

8If you need help use the IDentifyED 911 or help feature in the help area 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.

9Emergency personnel during a nuclear or radiation exposure with IDentifyED can also involve or escalate to additional personnel as well as any emergency responders.

10Emergency responders will also maintain and update critical event message boards about the nuclear or radiation exposure, that will allow everyone in the campus to get the most critical and up-to-date information.

11If you need help or others need help during the nuclear or radiation exposure, you can make additional help requests that might document additional people who might be injured during the nuclear or radiation exposure.

12For IDentifyED schools only; During a nuclear or radiation exposure, it is possible that you will be in class make certain that attendance is taken by the teacher.

13If for any reason you are not in class check into a location, class, event, group or transportation so that emergency responders know where everyone is.

14Look 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 of course emergency responders.

15If 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 nuclear or radiation exposure it is possible that you are on the 6th floor in room 601 of a 20-story building and the event is on the 5th floor. 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.

16If you are handicapped, and need assistance, the elevators are disabled or there is a power outage. Make a handicapped help request with your specific checked in location (many campuses have designated handicapped assistance areas for you to check into.)

17Once the nuclear or radiation exposure is not a threat — emergency personnel will either broadcast out an all clear or begin reunification procedures.

18If an all clear is sent during a nuclear or radiation exposure 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.

19After a nuclear or radiation exposure please report any and all personal injury or other issues through IDentifyED.

20After a nuclear or radiation exposure please report any damage to property or safety concerns via the IDentifyED Help request.

21For IDentifyED schools only; If a reunification process is called for after a nuclear or radiation exposure, monitor the IDentifyED critical event message boards as well as all emergency broadcasts.

22Follow the instructions from emergency responders, and check the campus nuclear safety emergency procedures.

23For IDentifyED schools only; During a nuclear or radiation exposure 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.

24For IDentifyED schools only; When arriving at a reunification area, make certain you check-in or are checked in to that location.

25For IDentifyED schools only; Parents should follow reunification procedures during a nuclear or radiation exposure reunification. Parents should be instructed as to what will occur by campus personnel please follow the directions you are being given.

26After a nuclear or radiation exposure, you may experience power outages and damage that may result in the campus 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 campus’ best means to communicate.

27Continue to monitor IDentifyED emergency broadcasts, campus news and alerts as well as critical event boards after the nuclear or radiation exposure because campuses will need to update you on when campus will resume and any other additional information.

28After a nuclear or radiation exposure, IDentifyed may also be used to update everyone on communications, projects, assignments and events, look for these updates on IDentifyED first in order to minimize and optimize communications. It is likely that many parties will update calendars, message boards, send messages and provide additional updates via a course or group portfolio.

29IDentifyED’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 nuclear or radiation exposure. So, monitor IDentifyED and use IDentifyED as your primary source of information.