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Application: Mandatory
Effective: 29 November 2011

Emergency and Critical Incident Management


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4.2 Prevention and preparedness

The principal or site manager will implement strategies to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of emergencies or critical incidents.

Principals of schools located in bushfire prone areas must incorporate key bushfire messages in their curriculum.

Guidelines

Schools with identified significant natural or those with causes that are not of natural origin need to consider curriculum approaches for these risks.

See Section 7 – 'Prevention and Preparedness' of the Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan template, available from the Our Policies website at www.det.wa.edu.au/policies) for a table of actions to prevent and mitigate the risk of emergency situations.

4.2.1 Emergency and critical incident management plan

The principal or site manager will develop and maintain an Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan.

Guidelines

An Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan template is available from the Our Policies website at www.det.wa.edu.au/policies to support school planning.

See Appendix A for Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan Checklist

The Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan is based on consideration of:

  • management of foreseeable risk; and
  • the Comprehensive/All Hazards Approach to Emergency Management (summarised in Appendix B).

Advice and educational materials can be obtained from relevant emergency management agencies such as the Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

4.2.2 Communication, training, testing and review

The principal or site manager must confirm that the Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan of the site is:

  • communicated to all staff;
  • publicly accessible for both inspection and use in the event of an emergency or critical incident;
  • sent to the Regional Executive Director at the regional education office so that important information is immediately accessible to those off-site to enable them to provide better support;
  • implemented by staff trained for their roles in managing emergency situations;
  • tested and reviewed (for example, evacuation drills, role plays or written scenarios) on at least an annual basis and, where necessary, after an emergency or critical incident;
  • modified in accordance with information gained from testing and actual experiences; and
  • developed in consideration of the services provided by other agencies such as the WA Police, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, the Department for Child Protection and the Department of Health, including mental health services.

The principal of schools in bushfire prone areas must:

  • confirm that the Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan of the site requires practice evacuation drills prior to October and at least once per term during the bushfire season, October to March; and
  • review off-site evacuation plan to confirm at least two suitable options and seek confirmation from the Hazard Management Agency on relocation to these sites.

The principal of schools in cyclone and flood prone areas must establish links with local state emergency services in regards to actions and alert stages.

Guidelines

The principal or site manager may find it useful to affiliate with the Local Emergency Management Committee, chaired by the local government.

Good practice suggests that staff undertake professional learning programs pertaining to managing identified human and natural emergencies.

4.2.3 Other responsibilities

The Deputy Director General, Schools will:

  • maintain the Online Incident Notification System and use this to plan improved prevention, preparedness and response strategies; and
  • maintain a process for the system level coordination of the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from significant emergencies or critical incidents which require Central Office support.

Guidelines

This can involve acting as or appointing a Central Office Incident Support Coordinator to liaise with the regional education office or school Incident Controller in the event of a significant emergency.

The Regional Executive Directors will:

  • confirm that all sites have an Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan;
  • obtain and hold copies of school Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plans;
  • ensure the regional education office has an Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan;
  • facilitate opportunities for key regional personnel (eg. school psychologists) to develop emergency management and critical incident related knowledge, skills and experience;
  • involve regional education office personnel (eg. school psychologists and Coordinators Regional Operations) in providing support to schools, as required; and
  • analyse regional data from the Online Incident Notification System and use this to develop improved prevention, preparedness and response strategies.

Guidelines

Regional Executive Directors or their delegates may find it useful to affiliate with the District Emergency Management Committee, chaired by the WA Police.

The Manager, School Psychology Service will:

  • coordinate school psychologist training and maintain a list of personnel with Level 2 and Level 3 competency in Critical Incident Management; and
  • maintain membership of the State Welfare Emergency Committee.

The Head of Security and Principal Consultant to the Deputy Director General Schools will maintain State level inter-agency partnerships to enable collaborative support to school communities affected by significant emergencies or critical incidents.

Guidelines

Refer to Critical Incident Management: Student Services Competencies, A Manual for Student Services Personnel available from the School Psychology Service.

The Regional Executive Directors will maintain an effective emergency or critical incident response capability in their region, through use of regional personnel and resources.


Emergency and Critical Incident Management
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