Community Emergency Response Exercise
In the Medford School District, safety and security are shared values. In the pursuit of living out those values, MSD hosted a community-wide safety drill on June 22, 2023.
Implementation of the drill included, but is not limited to, the following benefits:
Opening lines of communication between agencies, families, and communities.
Experiential learning, we learn by doing!
Establishing a sense of urgency around safety and security.
Building muscle memory in emergency response.
Building quality relationships with local agencies.
The purpose of the drill was to exercise a multi-agency active shooter response, establish and exercise a reunification site, establish a robust communications network and community response for large-scale events, and ultimately build an exercise model that can be used both regionally and nation-wide.
A significant aspect of the drill focused on the reunification process, which involves reuniting students with their parents or guardians following an emergency. In a genuine emergency situation, MSD will communicate the designated reunification sites to families promptly. Parents or guardians are kindly requested to bring a valid photo ID to facilitate the safe and secure reunification of students with their families.
MSD appreciates its partners in this drill, including the Medford Police, Medford Fire, City of Medford, Jackson County Emergency Management, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Providence Hospital, and other agencies. Their collaboration and support are invaluable in the effort to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff moving forward.
It is important to note that the drills are just one element of a multi-layered approach to safety and security within the Medford School District. MSD’s comprehensive strategy encompasses various preventative measures, including mental health support and counseling services, proactive threat assessments, connections with crisis support agencies, dedicated school resource officers and marshals, locked doors and gates, camera systems, regular drills, and extensive training for students and staff. We also encourage the community to utilize the SAFEOREGON Tip Line (844) 472-3367 to report any concerns related to safety or potential threats.
To find out more information on how to plan a Community Emergency Response in your district or town, contact Ron Havniear.
Executive Director of Security, Leadership and Facilities