SRP Implementation GuidanceA critical ingredient in the safe campus recipe is the uniform response to an incident on campus. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student and staff safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by campus administration.
Historically, colleges have taken a scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. It's not uncommon to find a stapled sheaf of papers or even a tabbed binder in a instructor's desk that describes a variety of things that might happen and the specific response to each event. This version of our flagship program, the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) provides actions more akin to what can be expected of adult students.
SRP Is Action BasedThe Standard Response Protocol is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given scenario. Like the Incident Command System (ICS), SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these actions, the action is labeled with a "Term of Art" and is then followed by a "Directive". Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, professors and first responders.
- Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Secure the Perimeter" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within a building.
- Lockdown is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
- Evacuate is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
- Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.