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Emergency Plans

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Emergency Plans


  • Take cover under tables and desks to protect yourself from falling objects. Stay away from windows and mirrors. Stay away from tall cabinets or bookcases and shelves.
  • Remain Calm. Try to calm and assure others, if necessary.
  • DO NOT rush outside. If it is necessary to vacate the building, you will be advised by the
    administrator in charge.
  • Be prepared for additional earthquake after-shocks.
  • If the lights go out, use emergency lighting (flashlight) immediately.
  • Be quiet and wait for instructions. If you are told to vacate the building, do not touch power
    lines or objects in contact with downed wires.
  • If you are outside during an earthquake, get into the open, away from buildings and powerlines.
  • Note: There will be no alarm to signal an actual earthquake. In the event of a real quake, teachers will provide leadership to initiate the above procedure.

Fire Procedure

  • Upon hearing the fire alarm (repeating series of siren-like sounds) or receiving a verbal order by the administrator in charge:
    • Walk to the nearest exit. Teachers should periodically review the fire exit route plans posted in each classroom.
    • Do not run or shove.
    • Move a safe distance away from building (at least 100 ft.) to open space.
    • Do not go near downed wires.
    • Above all, remain calm.
    • False Fire Alarms: (Penal Code 148.4) Any person who willfully and maliciously tampers with, molests, injures, or breaks any public fire alarm apparatus, wire or signal, or willfully and maliciously sends, gives transmits, or sounds any false alarm of fire, by means of any public fire alarm system or signal or by any other means or methods, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Intruder Drill

  • The signal that there is an intruder in the building will be an announcement: "We need to secure all rooms until further notice."
  • Teacher locks the classroom door.
  • A student is assigned to tape a piece of paper over the door window.
  • DO NOT open the door until the "all clear" announcement is made over the intercom.

Power Out/”Lights out” Procedures

  • "Lights Out" While Students in Class:
    • Keep students in rooms for 20 minutes.
    • After 20 minutes in rooms, administrators will direct teachers to take students to "lights out" area and hold for at least one more hour or until the lights come back on.
    • After remaining in the "lights out" area for at least one hour, administrators will direct students and staff to the forum, cafeteria and adjoining outside areas until the electricity has been restored and students are told to return to class or until students are officially dismissed from school.
  • "Lights Out" Before School/Brunch/Lunch:
    • Before School: Go to "lights out" area for 1st period class.
    • Brunch: Extend brunch until Principal announces students and teachers to go to 3rd period "lights out" area.
    • Lunch: Will be extended until power is restored. Teachers will help patrol campus during extended lunch. Students will not be allowed in normal "off limits" areas.
  • Additional Procedures:
    • All Administrators, teachers on prep, and available classified personnel will report to the Principal and be assigned specific tasks.
    • Any student who defiantly leaves "lights out" area will receive a written behavior referral.
    • Students must remain on campus, in their assigned areas and with their teachers. Only the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent can direct the principal to release students early.