School District doing internal emergency preparedness review

Plan will be developed for Langley schools to deal with emergencies

Langley School District is serious about preparing for “the big one,” and any other emergency that may strike.

The district is undergoing an internal review of all schools to develop a plan to deal with emergencies — including earthquakes and other natural disasters —  as well as crisis situations, drills for evacuations and lockdowns.

Seismic early warning devices are being considered and a report on how those would be implemented is expected in May.

Earthquake hazard assessment checklists are being created this spring, which include unsecured vending machines, pianos with unlocked wheels or heavy items stored above shoulder height in exit paths.

District staff will be trained in rapid damage assessment of buildings and a communication strategy with parents is being designed to allow for constant updates from the district through the website or mobile friendly social media.