The Baldwin Park Unified School District adopted the National Incident Management System as part of the district's all-hazard approach to emergency preparedness/management.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was developed by the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate emergency management efforts between federal, state, and local governments in preventing, preparing, and responding to disasters.
California law already mandates that state and local governments follow the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) for coordinating emergency management efforts in the state. California SEMS does substantially meet the objectives of NIMS, however additional training will be required for district personnel in order to be in compliance with federal law and to be eligible to receive federal emergency preparedness funding in the future.
Emergency Drill Schedule
California law requires public schools to conduct minimum emergency drills every school year.
Earthquake drills shall be practiced at least once each school quarter in elementary schools and at least once a semester in secondary schools (California Education Code 35297).
Fire drills shall be practiced not less than once every calendar month at the elementary level, four times every school year at the intermediate level and not less than twice every school year at the secondary level (California Education Code 32001).
Lockdown drills are not required by California law, but is required by Baldwin Park Unified School District to be conducted not less than twice every school year.
Emergency Drill Schedule - Elementary School
Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
SEMS is a management model used to centralize, organize and coordinate your school's response to an emergency crisis. This model facilitates the flow of information and resources, the use of standardized terminology and assignments, while allowing you flexibility to expand or contract your operations depending on the scope of the incident.
This information will better prepare school administrators to handle a school crisis while being compliant with California Government Code Section 8607.