Good morning all,
An article in the Thursday, 2 Nov 17, Wall Street Journal, titled "Confusion, Then Horror at Scene of Attack", presents an issue that must be addressed.
I can't hyperlink the article. WSJ is subscription now.
The article was about the truck...actually someone was driving the truck; the truck is just something manufactured....on the southwest side of Manhattan, killing and injuring several people.
From the article: "Schools went into lockdown as students called anxious parents. ...... ...... Mr.xxxxxx said students called their parents to reassure them that were all right."
Now for the Emergency Managers, LEOs and public officials:
Some parents cannot communicate with their kids and they then proceed to the school near the crime scene.
Some parents spoke with their kids and the child was injured.
Continue with the realistic hypothetical examples.
The basic rule is that all information is processed through the Incident Commander's PIO. Exceptions exist for biological terrorism (involves JIC - Joint Information Centers) but the idea is to control the flow of information and prevent secondary hazards such as 50 parents driving to the school to check on the status of their kids.
I'm placing this in the "Discussion" section to see if anyone has any experience in situations when the secondary hazards are created and then become larger incidents than the initial one.
My view is that a school lockdown requires a cutoff of communications except, of course, for the school staff and the interface with the Responders.
I'm at a loss as how to even make the above into a presentation. What does it cost to close down cell phone use ? Is it feasible ?
Hurricane Alley, Virginia