Beyond K-12

SRP Implementation Guidance

A 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 Based

The 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. These specific actions can act as both a verb and a noun. If the action is Lockdown, it would be announced on public address as "Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight." Communication to local Law Enforcement Agency would then be "We are under Lockdown."

Benefits

The benefits of SRP become quickly apparent. By standardizing the vocabulary, all stakeholders can understand the response and status of the event. For students, this provides continuity of expectations and actions throughout their educational career. For staff and professors, this becomes a simpler process to train and drill. For first responders, the common vocabulary and protocols establish a greater predictability that persists through the duration of an incident. Additionally, this protocol enables rapid response determination when an unforeseen event occurs.

The protocol also allows for a more predictable series of actions as an event unfolds. An intruder event may start as a Lockdown, but as the intruder is isolated, first responders might transition parts of the building to an Evacuation.

Guidance

Implementation Guidance

A general guide on implementing the Standard Response Protocol in Community College, Trade and Technical Schools.

SRP Handout

This introduction to SRP gives staff and students the basics in a single handout.
Red Card/Green Card

Red/green/Med card

A number of red card green card variants.
Poster

SRP Poster

Hang this SRP reference poster in classrooms, offices and hallways.
Sample Public Address Poster

Public address poster

A sample public address protocol reminder poster.

Orientation Video


Four and a half minutes. Train students and staff.