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The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for Higher Ed

Plan. Prepare. Practice.

A uniform, planned, and practiced response to any incident is the foundation of a safe campus environment. The SRP is action-based, flexible, and easy to learn. It rationally organizes tactics for response to weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to campus safety and is suitable for mature students. 

The SRP’s development is ever-evolving, created with extensive collaboration between experts such as first responders, higher education administrators, and families. Its tactics are data-driven, heavily researched and based on experience and best practices.

Versions and Updates

  • The current version of the SRP is SRP-2021.
  • SRP-2021 adds the action “Hold” to what was previously the four actions in earlier SRP versions.
    • “Hold” was previously in the SRP Extended version. SRP Extended is no longer necessary.
  • SRP-2021 also replaces the action “Lockout” with “Secure.”

Simple and Actionable

The SRP premise is simple. Five specific actions are communicated and performed during an incident. Each action is labeled with a “Term of Art” and is followed by a “Directive.” Execution of the action is performed by all active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders. This aligns everyone for a swift and coordinated response.

hold action icon Hold – “In Your Room, Clear the Halls”

Used when the hallways need to be kept clear of students and staff.

secure action iconSecure – “Secure the perimeter”

Simple directives follow for students and staff to return to buildings, secure them, account for everyone, and go about business as usual.

lockdown action iconLockdown – “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”

Students and staff are instructed to secure individual rooms and keep quiet, out of sight, and in place.

evacuate action iconEvacuate – “To A Location”

Used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.

shelter action iconShelter – For Hazard Using a Safety Strategy

Each type and a method is unique to the institution, and is the protocol for group and self protection.


As is the case with all materials from The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, downloadable versions of these materials are made available at no cost. Not even an email address.

Printed materials are available for purchase. You do not need pre-printed materials to use any of our programs. You can print them yourself, or use the files electronically. Contact us for pricing on 50 or more pre-printed materials.

Operational Guidance

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Higher Education – Operational Guidance

This is a general guide on incorporating the Standard Response Protocol into a business or institution’s safety plan.

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Drill in Progress in English & Spanish

Use this poster on exterior doors and/or windows to alert visitors that a Lockdown Drill is in progress.

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SRP HED 2021 Secure Door Poster in English & Spanish

SRP HED 2021 Secure Door Poster in English & Spanish

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SRP HED 2021 Secure-Monitor Door Poster in English & Spanish

SRP HED 2021 Secure-Monitor Door Poster in English & Spanish

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SRP HED 2021 Poster

Print and place this poster on walls to remind people of the different SRP actions.

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Public Address Poster

The Public Address poster is for placement near public address locations. This is a sample. Your district, department or agency should customize this poster for regional hazards. It is available to download in Microsoft Word Format.

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Cards and Handouts

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In an evacuation, people can use this card to indicate the status of their group.

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HED Handout

This handout is available in English and Spanish, describing the basics of the Standard Response Protocol for students and staff.

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