October 25, 2017

Drill Scenarios – A Powerful Tool at Your Fingertips

By Shannon Zaher

We feel passionate about the importance of practicing your drills with realistic scenarios to better prepare your staff and students in the event of an emergency. That’s why we partnered with Safe Havens International and created Drill Scenarios, powerful safety tools that contain realistic, real-world scenarios to enhance your drills. Implementing these simulated Drill Scenarios into your drills, increases staff and student engagement, encourages out of the box resolution thinking and can uncover any weak areas in your school safety plan. Text and audio versions of these Drill Scenarios are available here at no cost so that you can easily begin implementing these safety tools into your safety drills.

Already a Customer?

We’ve made it even easier for you to access Drill Scenarios. Simply log into your account, click on the Drill Logs Module, click on Drill Scenarios and begin exploring so that you can begin incorporating scenarios into your drills today!

Getting Started

Visit the ‘Help Section’ and simply click the “Learn More” button in the Drill Logs Module for more information on how to access Drill Scenarios.

Getting the Most out of Your Drills with Scenarios

Assess the fidelity of your safety plan.

Drills help you determine whether the procedures in your safety plan will work in an actual emergency. It could be something as simple as vocabulary.

One district in Arizona learned their high school used different terms for drills than their middle school. Incoming freshmen were confused and unsure how to respond.

Allow for staff and students to practice emergency procedures.

The likelihood of the principal encountering a fire in the bathroom or a medical emergency in a classroom is slim. Having staff pull the fire alarm, call 9-1-1, and alert the building is an effective way to get them engaged in the drill and, more importantly, prepared to respond.

Increase overall staff engagement.

Providing a staff member with a scenario, such as, “There are smoke and flames coming from the ceiling tiles in your classroom. What would you do?”, puts the drill in context and gives staff a very real situation to respond to.

“The ability to remain calm and respond effectively in an emergency makes all the difference—and that can only come from knowledge, practice and preparation.”

~Thom Jones, General Manager

Read more in this recent white paper, “Improving School Safety with Enhanced Drills.”

So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring the different scenarios and let us know your thoughts below!

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In an excel doc generate a list of every student. Then evenly distribute the names to teachers. We have 100 teachers and 1600 students. Thus every teacher is assigned 16 students. At one of our first meetings we simply told staff to pretend this was a real emergency and that they needed to check 1600 in quickly and all that we needed to do was check 16 students in each.

Sean Dunlap

I look forward to using these drill scenarios more and more. I plan on using these for pop quizzes in the hallways for staff, during safety committee meetings, and for general discussion. Great tool!


Time and time again it is proven that in an emergency situation we will do what we have been trained to do. Giving staff and students the tools they need to think on their feet is essential in this day and age. It empowers them to make quick and efficient decisions when, and where, it matters.

I am excited about everyone getting on the same page and having universal instructions.


I like that there are scenarios to share with staff. Gets us thinking about things ahead of time that we otherwise not have ever considered a possibility.

Richard Kaliszewski

It is impossible to know how to respond for every emergency situation that can occur. Drill scenarios at least help us practice and plan for the most common emergencies. It is a great tool to have and has practical applications.

As a campus administrator I am always worried that staff is not adequately trained to handle various emergency situation. The app allows us to practice before a situation arises! Giving staff and students the tools they need to think on their feet is essential in this day and age. It empowers them to make quick and efficient decisions!

Shannon Myers

I love the drill scenarios. In the last we would practice the same drill over and over. Fire alarm goes off and everyone exits the building. The scenarios keep it real and ensure that everyone is actively engaged and always thinking on their feet.

Julie Hermes

Drill scenarios are great for thinking through real life situations.


Scenarios make the learning opportunities real and authentic!