Do you have visual supports for ALL of your emergency drills? Can you access them on a moment’s notice? During the school year, especially in the early months, most students will take part in emergency drills. From the standard fire drill to the bus evacuation drill, all of these events require proper visual supports for our students’ success.
There are several things to remember when creating emergency drill visual supports:
Have a drill routine visual support for EVERY drill – even if it’s once a year or every month:
- fire, tornado, bus evacuation, walk to another school
- lock down (Please don’t forget this one!)
- any other drill your school may take part in.
Create the visual support for the drill routine in several formats:
- printed sheets with steps in word and/or pictures
- picture strips of 4 steps at a time
- individual picture cards with/without words on a hook/loop board
Preview the drill routine visual supports with your students:
- several times, over several days, if you are aware of a scheduled drill
- at least once or twice at the beginning of school when drills are discussed
- around the time a drill might take place (tornado season)
You never know when a drill is the real deal. Have your visual supports ready-to-go and know exactly where they are so you can grab them quickly.
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