Emergency Management

Having an emergency plan will allow a quick response and will make emergency situations less stressful. Below are some considerations that need to be made with developing you emergency management policy: 


1.  Raising the alarm 

  • ​Who is responsible? 

  • What is the signal (emergency signals should be different from general signals)?

  • What is the signal that the emergency is over?                                                                  

2.  Caring for campers not affected by the incident 

  • Where should campers go at the signal (one signal for return to cabins, another for meet at a set rallying point)?

  • How will you check that all campers are accounted for?

  • How will these campers be supervised while the emergency is in progress?

  • How will these campers be checked for effects of the emergency (for example in a mass casualty related to exposure to toxic fumes)?


3.  Individual Roles:

  • Who should be notified in each emergency situation (i.e. Lifeguard, Camp Nurse etc.)?

  • Who is responsible for managing the scene of the emergency, including managing any hand over to emergency services?

  • Who is responsible for participating in or coordinating searches?

  • Who is responsible for caring for the other campers?

  • Who is responsible for determining whether to call in emergency services?

  • Who is responsible for calling emergency services?

  • What should other staff be doing during the emergency?


4.  Individual Child Need:

  • How will the person responsible for managing each emergency know which children may be more vulnerable to difficulties in the emergency (i.e. asthmatics during a fire)?

  • How will these children be monitored and cared for?


5.  Locations, Maps and Diagrams:

  • Where is the emergency rallying point?  Note – this should be away from buildings or treed areas that may be affected by a fire.

  • What are the search areas – a map outlining each area should be included in the procedures?  Some camps have a map for each search area leader and know that every area is covered when all the maps have been distributed.

  • For a lost or missing child – what are the priority search areas (i.e. bathrooms, cabins, favourite hiding places etc.)?

  • For water searches in swimming areas, what pattern of search will be used to ensure all areas are covered (required when visibility through the water is poor)?  Note – this should be a horizontal/vertical and then diagonal grid to cover the whole area.  A diagram should be included in the policy and accessible at the swimming area.


6.  Emergency Services:

  • What is the time distance to the nearest emergency services?

  • What are the capabilities of the nearest emergency services?

  • How will the camp manage each situation for the time it takes emergency services to arrive?


7.  Staff Training:

  • How will staff be trained in management of emergencies?

  • What ‘drills’ will be conducted before and during camp?

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