“Is the fire confirmed?”
“Confirmed, fire in the school.”
“My student, John Doe, is unaccounted for.”
“I have John Doe.”
When the fire alarm went off, this school immediately relied on muscle memory based on previous training.
While a fire alarm is, by far, the most common type of drill that schools do, many teachers initially assume that it is a drill. During this incident last week in one of our schools secured by DIR-S (duress), the teachers stayed connected via DIR-S. Through the chat messages in DIR-S, all teachers were informed in real-time that this was really a fire in the school. The rooms closest in proximity to the fire were able to make better decisions and change their evacuation routes to avoid danger.
In addition to the fire, there was a missing student. While this teacher needed to ensure the safety of the rest of their students, they worried about the one missing. They posted on the “Report” tab in DIR-S the name of the missing student, and within two minutes, another teacher responded, saying that they had the student and were evacuating him with their students. Simple, concise communication makes all the difference with DIR-S.