National Terrorism Advisory System

National Terrorism Advisory System


WMASD Anticipated Response to National Terrorism Advisory System 

If the federal government issues a National Terrorism Advisory for an elevated and imminent threat, West Mifflin Area School District may institute one or more of the following measures-in addition to the security measures already in place:

  1. Assess threat level to determine status of school openings and closings.
  2. Increase building security. A number of actions may be taken, depending on the nature of the critical event. Among possible measures are restricted visitor access with staffed entries, limited parking near buildings, and enhanced exterior security (including lockdown drills). School security forces will be deployed to respond to the incident.
  3. Continue staff, parent, and community communication. WMASD will use all available means (including its web site, e-mail distribution, hot line, telephone trees, and the media) to communicate quickly and effectively with parents and the community about the health and safety of students and staff members.
  4. Cancel all outside activities and field trips if schools are open. Cancellations could also include academies, community programs and other events.

  5. Address critical emergency needs under the direction of public safety officials and in accordance with WMASD Emergency Management Security and Safety Plan.  A variety of means are available to protect students and staff members, depending on the event, including evacuation, shelter-in-place, or lock-down.

  6. Coordinate parent-child reunification process, if necessary. If children have been evacuated from a school, an appropriate site will be established where children can be reunited with their families. Parents will be notified and will need to present identification when they pick up their child.