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Crisis Lockdown & Code Procedures

CODE RED is to be decided upon by the Principal or designee depending on the situation and severity of the occurrence.  Doors are locked and no one is moving inside the building.  No one permitted to enter or leave the building.

CODE YELLOW is used to alert teachers, faculty, and staff of a situation that could develop into a CODE RED situation. Normal teaching may continue at this time.  Doors are locked and there is restricted movement inside the building. Administrators may isolate and shut down specific hallways or areas of the school to search.

CODE BLUE is used to advise teachers, faculty, and staff of sudden and severe weather conditions that are present or which may be developing. Doors are unlocked but there is restricted movement inside the building.

CODE GREEN is used to advise everyone that all previous codes have been lifted and that school functions should return to normal.

Tornado Preparedness for Your Family


  • Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
  • Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.


  • Keep first aid supplies current and convenient.
  • Monitor the weather radio and television for the latest information.  In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.


  • Get to the lowest most interior level of the facility, away from exterior walls, windows and doors, and assume the "duck and cover" position. Sit or kneel, with your hands over the back of your head and neck, tucked into a ball.
  • Avoid places with high unsupported ceilings and glass, such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums and sanctuaries.
  • Stay in the duck and cover position until the “all clear” is given.


  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately!  Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
  • If you are in a structure such as a residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, or high-rise building...go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • If you are in a manufactured home or office...get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
  • If you are outside with no not get under an overpass or bridge.  You are safer in a low, flat location.  Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.  Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.