There's a disaster, and you're in charge of 45,000 students, what happens next?

Published: Oct. 11, 2018 at 3:45 PM AKDT
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There are more than 45,000 students within the Anchorage School District. Daily, managing those students, staff, as well as the many buildings that ASD owns, is a monumental task.

Add into the mix a man-made or natural disaster, and you're talking about having to create a fool-proof plan to keep everyone safe and to be able to reunite parents with their children.

"We would immediately try to start contacting parents and we then we'd keep a log of which students had gone with which parents," said Ashley Lally, the Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness with the Anchorage School District.

ASD said it can house students and staff for up to three days at 22 different sites during an emergency.

The schools are chosen based on location, size, road access, parking and seismic stability. Each shelter has a 20-foot conex stocked with emergency supplies like blankets, first-aid kits, search and rescue gear, portable toilets, and tents.

Additionally, throughout the year, schools will practice monthly for all types of emergencies, including an active shooter.

Recently Mountain View Elementary school evacuated within 5 minutes during a fire drill.

"Let's go, let's go, let's go," Jiyoung Izzolo said to her third-grade reading class as a student grabbed an emergency "go" backpack filled with safety supplies and headed outside to the school parking lot.

"There's 87 schools and we have currently, already done 287 drills," Stephen Brown the Coordinator for Safety/Security and Emergency Preparedness with ASD said.

One of the biggest events everyone trains for are earthquakes. In particular, the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill on October 18 is when ASD will see how ready, or not, everyone is for an earthquake.