Emergency Response

Emergency Response and Crisis Management

Poudre School District is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all of our students and staff. As part of this commitment, all district schools and facilities develop, maintain and follow a crisis management/ communications plan and have crisis procedures in place.  PSD’s crisis plans are based on and adhere to the FEMA National Incident Management System.

PSD’s approach to emergency response and crisis management in the district emphasizes the importance of all five phases of crisis management. These five phases include:

The steps schools take to prevent a threatened or actual incident from occurring. Prevention also involves educating schools about simple measures they can take to reduce loss or injury.  Examples of prevention include visitor screening, suicide assessment and intervention, implementing prevention programs, and conducting threat assessments.

Ongoing actions that safeguard students, teachers, staff, visi­tors, and property from a threat or hazard.  This includes improving and promoting abilities to secure schools against acts of violence and manmade or natural disasters. Examples of protection programs include evacua­tion, sheltering for hazard, lockdown, lockout and “run-hide-fight” protocols.

The capabilities of a school to lessen the impact of a crisis event, thereby eliminating or reducing any loss of life and property damage. Examples of mitigation include installation of backup generators for power outages; early warn­ing systems for severe weather events, fencing hazardous areas, safe construction and defensi­ble space for wild land fires, and the presence of School Resource Officers. Any of these measures could mitigate the impact of an event.

Taking action to effectively contain and resolve the crisis or emergency, including all aspects associated with notifying and protecting the students, staff, public and property.

Assisting students and staff in the healing process and restoring educational operations in schools. The two main priorities of this phase are the emotional recovery of the students and staff and the physical recovery of school.

Information for Parents

For specific information as to what to expect in the event of a school emergency or crisis situation, view the In Case of Emergency brochure, available in Spanish as well.

Staff Links

Emergency Response Video
Lockdown-Lockout-Evacuation:  Advancing Safety in Poudre School District is designed to teach staff and students response procedures to potential school violence, and should be used in conjunction with regularly scheduled crisis response drills. 

Emergency Exercise Evaluation Report
The Emergency Exercise Evaluation Report is used to document and evaluate any all-hazards (crisis response) drill completed by a school.

Threat Assessment
Please visit the Threat Assessment section for further information and step by step instructions.