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Emergency Response Planning

 What we do

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RETSD Emergency Response Plan was developed to meet the unique needs of River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) during all phases of an emergency.

It is an overarching division-level plan intended to provide direction in emergency prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to schools and other worksites. It can be used to provide guidance to senior management level initiatives and can be used to facilitate the coordination between the response at the division's level and the school/site-level response. It was developed to adhere to internationally acclaimed best practices in emergency management and school safety.

Since it is not possible to plan for every single possible scenario, this is an all-hazards plan. It was developed to be applicable for emergencies regardless of the hazards that triggers them. It focuses on the actions that are required to effectively manage an emergency rather than on the hazards themselves.

A listing of hazard-specific contingency plan annexes / appendixes are attached to this plan that cover specific hazard responses to be accessed through the emergency response process.

This plan and associated contingency plans provide a basis for a K-12 Education Business Continuity Plan for the school division.


 How we do it

RETSD Divisional Emergency Response Plan

List of Schedules and Appendixes


Schedule 01: RETSD Emergency Plan Introduction

Schedule 02: Emergency Response Planning Support for Leaders and Teams

  • Planning Assistance
  • Training and Development
  • Testing and Practice
  • Sustainability and Continual Improvement

Schedule 03: Emergency Teams

  • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Team
  • School Crisis and Emergency Response Teams (SCERTs)

Schedule 04: Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Roles and Responsibilities

Schedule 05: Activating the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

Schedule 06: Protective Actions (All Hazards Approach)

  • General Security
  • Advanced Closure
  • Evacuation
  • Shelter in Place
  • Hold and Secure
  • Lockdown
  • Crisis Support Services

Schedule 07: Emergency Communications Plan

Schedule 08: Deactivating the Emergency Operations Centre

Schedule 9: Recovery

Appendix A – RETSD Emergency Contact Lists

Appendix B – Contingency Plans and Contingency Planning Template

Appendix C – Safe Schools Action Plan