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Lincoln County School District has a district-wide Emergency Plan that was created in coordination with all of our county and city emergency service agencies. It includes procedures to help us respond effectively to emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, medical emergencies, if a dangerous person is on or near campus, bomb threats, tsunamis, and more.
In addition, each of our schools has a team of people designated as SAFE Team Members . These staff members have been trained to help with our drills and manage real emergencies when they occur. All of our SAFE Teams are equipped with portable two-way radios so that they can communicate effectively during an emergency.
Award Winning Safety Videos
Lincoln County School District has developed a series of twenty-four short staff training videos that correspond to our written emergency plans. We have worked closely with our local emergency response partners and community service agencies to create emergency procedures that are highly customized for our schools. They are based on the needs of our schools, the specific hazards we face in Lincoln County, and our emergency service agencies’ procedures and response capabilities.
The project was funded through a Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools Grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. Our vendor, Safe Havens International, filmed and produced the videos in our schools, using our students, staff, and local emergency service partners as actors.
Our videos have won two major awards: a 2011 Bronze Telly Award for Excellence and a 2011 Silver W3 Award from the International Academy of Visual Arts. They have become a resource for school districts nationwide.
Here are some of our video resources:
- Watch Videos: Here are some of our videos. Please give the videos a few minutes to load before pressing the 'play' button.
- Read Newsletter: Read a newsletter about our video project (dated 2/2011)
- List of Videos: Here is a list of all our videos.
In order to practice our emergency procedures, we have a district-wide drill schedule consisting of approximately two drills each month. Drills include: fire, earthquake, shelter-in-place, room clear, reverse evacuation, and lockdown.
Our lockdown drills are called Code Yellow Lockdown and Code Red Lockdown. Code Yellow Lockdown is a low level lockdown and simply helps to limit movement in a school while an emergency is being managed. Code Red Lockdown is a more serious, full-scale lockdown of the entire campus. Waldport High School, our only school in the Tsunami Inundation Zone, also practices tsunami evacuation drills three times per year. After all of our drills (and real emergencies), school principals fill out a drill evaluation form to review what was done well and how we can improve.
To read more about our drill guidelines, schedule and evaluation form, click here.
Emergency Communication with Parents
Lincoln County School District has several mechanisms in place in order to communicate with parents during an emergency.
Parent Wallet Card: Keep this card in your wallet for quick access to emergency phone numbers & information. Pick up a card at your child’s school or print the card at this link.
24-Hour Information Line: 541-265-4437
Call this phone number to get current recorded information about school emergencies, school closures, or delays.
LCSD Website: www.lincoln.k12.or.us
Check our website to get current information about school emergencies, school closures, or delays. The emergency information will be the first thing you see when you log on to our website – it will be in bright red!
Phone Notification System: We use a telephone notification system (similar to Reverse 911) that allows us to send a recorded message to a large bank of phone numbers all at once. If there is an emergency at your child’s school requiring us to have an early dismissal, we can quickly send a phone message to your home and work phone numbers as listed in your child’s records. Please keep your child’s information updated and contact your school office if your phone numbers change.
Click here to find a newsletter featuring these resources:Weather ConditionsAdverse conditions or other emergencies that affect the safety of our students in Lincoln County may require schools to be closed for the day or the opening to be delayed for several hours. Sometimes isolated dangerous weather situations might require schools in one area of the county to close or have a two-hour delay while other schools remain open. To get information about school closures or delays, tune in to your local radio station or television news networks in the valley. You can also check the LCSD School Website or our 24-hour Information line (541-265-4437).Family Reunification
A Family Reunification procedure is used to bring students back together with their families when there is an emergency situation that prevents normal school dismissal, such as a fire, natural disaster, impending weather event, field trip emergency, a situation involving weapons or violence at school, school bus accident, disease outbreak, etc. To access our Family Reunification resources, click on the links below:
- Video (6-minute video showing our Family Reunification procedures)
- Newsletter (English | Español ) (A newsletter on Family Reunification)
School Emergency Shelters
Lincoln County School District has four schools designated as Shelters – one in each area of the county:
- Taft High School in Lincoln City
- Crestview Heights School in Waldport
- Toledo Elementary School
- Newport Intermediate School.
Each shelter school is equipped with a generator, blankets, food, water, search & rescue kits, trauma medical kits, wind-up flashlights, and other emergency supplies. These schools are also designated as tsunami evacuation sites. When a disaster occurs in Lincoln County when school is in session, our schools may be used by the school district to shelter students. If school is not in session, our schools may be used by the American Red Cross (ARC) to shelter community members. In some cases, there may be a need to open a small portion of the school to the ARC to shelter community members while school is in session or while the school is sheltering students.
Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Earthquakes and tsunamis are a serious threat on the Oregon Coast. We practice earthquake drills, "Duck, Cover & Hold" and a complete evacuation two times each school year at all of our schools. Waldport High School (our only school in the tsunami inundation zone) practices tsunami drills three times every school year. To access several of our tsunami & earthquake resources, click on the links below:
Video (4-minute video showing our Earthquake & Tsunami procedures)
Maps (Tsunami Maps for all coastal areas of Lincoln County
- Lincoln City Tsunami Map English | Español
- Gleneden Beach Tsunami Map English |Español
- Depoe Bay Tsunami Map English |Español
- Newport Tsunami Map English | Español
- Waldport/Seal Rock Tsunami Map English
- Yachats Tsunami Map English
NOAA Alert Radios
All of our schools are equipped with NOAA Weather Alert Radios in order to receive immediate alerts of a tsunami warning or watch for our area. Early notification of a potentially dangerous situation is one of the keys to keeping students and families safe. A NOAA Alert Radio gives 24/7 alerts for tsunami warnings, severe weather events such as flash floods, and other emergencies in our immediate area. The radio's loud BEEP gets your attention, and the press of a button lets you hear instant reports on potentially dangerous situations as well as recommended safety actions.Crisis Response Team
We have a district-wide Crisis Response Team for times when there is a serious loss in the school community such as the death of a student or staff member due to an accident, suicide, illness, etc. This trained team helps students and staff in the grieving and healing process. To access our Crisis Response Team resources, click on the links below:
- Video (4-part video showing our Crisis Response Team resources)
- Written Plan (Crisis Response Team guidelines)
OSHA Safety Committee
All of our schools have a safety committee that meets monthly to discuss potential safety hazards in the workplace. Represented by teachers, support staff, custodial staff and administration, these committees also conduct quarterly safety inspections and make recommendations to improve safety on their campus.
- OSHA Safety Committee Guidelines
- OSHA Safety Committee Minutes Form
- OSHA Quarterly Workplace Safety Inspection Form
Lincoln County School District produces a safety newsletter on a variety of topics.
- Emergency Communications with Parents
- Comunicación con los Padres en Urgencias
- Emergency Kits
- Paquete Familiar para Urgencias
- Family Reunification
- Reunificación Familiar
- NOAA Alert Radios
- Radio de Alerta NOAA
- Survive the Earthquake
- ¡Sobrevive el Temblor!
- Visit & Volunteer
- Visitas y Voluntarios
The TEEN CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program educates students about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using methods learned in hands-on training courses such as the one depicted in the photograph, TEEN CERT members are prepared to help themselves, their families and their school during a major disaster when professional responders are delayed or not readily available.
TEEN CERT teaches the same curriculum as the adult CERT program and empowers students with life-long emergency preparedness and response skills.
To access several of our Teen CERT resources, click on the links below:
- Course Description and Science Standards
- Success Stories Publication
Our TEEN CERT program was recently featured in the U.S.Department of Education's publication, "Success Stories."
- Cribbing Exercise
- Triage Exercise
Teens Learning to
Help the Injured
We have several different kinds of school emergency response kits: Go Kits, Classroom Stay-Kits, Crisis Response Team Kits, etc. To learn more about our School Emergency Response Kits, click here .
Sue Graves, LCSD Safety Coordinator
825 NE 7th Street, Newport, OR 97365
Phone: (541) 270-4367