The site principal shares the responsibility for Preparedness Planning with the Site Council, with site emergency volunteers, and other interested parties. This planning is embodied in an annually-revised Site Emergency Plan, which provides the basis for all further relevant work at the site, and is incorporated by reference in PAUSD's Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Once planning for a particular year is complete, principals have the primary managerial role in Preparedness Maintenance --carrying out the Site Plan, and doing whatever is necessary to maintain supplies, mitigate hazards, train, and practice the elements of the Site Emergency Plan.
If an emergency occurs, the principal is by law, policy, and common sense, the Incident Commander --the Person In Charge-- for the site.
Principal's Preparedness Planning Responsibilities
Principal's Preparedness Maintenance Responsibilities
Principal's Response Responsibilities
The site principal is the Incident Commander and head of the site Incident Command Post (former term: Command Center) Team.
The Site Incident Commander shall:
A. Activate alarm - notify staff
B. Activate Site Incident Command Post and start monitoring the 2-way radio
C. Activate Site Emergency Response Teams
D. Assess total school situation
E. Make initial site assessment report to District Emergency Operations Center (District EOC).
F. Check to see that Site Emergency Teams are operating
G. Assign messengers to needed areas
H. Request help from District EOC or 911 as required
I. Secure information from Site Emergency Teams and update Site Status Reports to District EOC.
J. Reassign team members to other duties as required when they finish initial assignment duties
K. Personally check these items:
1. Is campus secure?
2. Are utilities off or secure?
3. Are radio communications in operation?
4. Are traffic controllers needed?
5. Is the First Aid Center functioning?
6. Have buildings been searched for victims?
7. Is student release program set up and operating?
Note: this material is representative. Consult the latest revision of the PAUSD Emergency Preparedness Plan for complete, up-to-date material.
Why are there two independent sections, one for Preparedness, and another one for Response?
The site principal shares the responsibility for preparedness planning with the Site Council, with site emergency volunteers, and other interested parties. Once planning for a particular year is complete, principals have the primary managerial role in maintaining preparedness according to Site Emergency Plan. If an emergency occurs, the principal is by law, policy, and common sense, the Incident Commander.