Preparing for the unthinkable

  1. My school is implementing ALICE. As the nurse, I am thinking what supplies can I leave in the classroom should the unthinkable happen. We are a small private school so fortunately I have a budget for these items.
    Do any of you have "Go Buckets?" What do you put in each room?

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  3. by   NutmeggeRN
    We gave go bags, with not a lot...gloves, bandaids, gauze, a tarp, duct tape...not sure what else as I have my own bag
  4. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Nope. We talked about GO buckets at my school (We did the training this year) but they really didn't have much more in them then my first aid kit. Expect you can use the bucket as a toilet if needed.

    I did invest in awesome triage kit for me and a couple of teacher volunteers that will man my emergency response team. But the team itself is much an in progress thing I'm working on this year to fully implement next year.
  5. by   Eleven011
    I mentioned these buckets at the start of the year inservice when we were talking about our emergency situations. Our FCCLA has decided to make this one of their big projects and the admin recently asked me for my input on what to put in these buckets. Here is what I sent them:

    Suggestions for Bucket items:

    Clipboard with list of students in each class and any special health concerns
    First Aide supplies:
    Bandaids, various sizes
    Gauze pads
    Instant ice pack
    Feminine hygiene items for MS/HS areas
    Snacks such as granola bars, graham crackers, fruit snacks, goldfish
    Battery powered flashlight
    Extra batteries
    Water bottles
    Toilet paper
    Wet wipes
    Duct tape
    Work gloves
    Time passers - deck of cards, dominos, flash cards, games
    Tarp (used for privacy or cover open area/broken windows)
    Blanket (if room)
  6. by   Flare
    i didn't make up bags for each room. The officer in charge of training us had me get a trauma bag and include some extra items such a quick clot and tourniquets. He also sent me to a combat casualty training so I could break my old dog thinking of how verboten tourniquets are. They are pretty much front line treatment in this type of training. We did Alice training as a group later on in the year then had a optional practical portion. I was disappointed in how many opted out of the practical.
  7. by   SaltineQueen
    I have bags for each classroom with basic first aid stuff but am adding a whistle, a few rolls of gauze, & a crank flashlight.

    I have my go bag...which honestly I don't remember what's in it. Haven't looked in it since I started here a few years ago.

    If you've got a really generous budget you might consider hemostatic dressings and good tourniquets. I was at a conference last year and the lady recommended this type:

    Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) - School Health - Emergency Kits - Emergency Supplies - Emergency Response & Safety - Early Childhood
  8. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    If purchasing CAT tourniquets, make sure they are from a legit vendor. Counterfeit ones are floating on the market, especially on Amazon/eBay.
  9. by   CampyCamp
    Our district provided backpacks to all rooms. Active shooter scenarios drove their purchase but they are for all hazards. (weather, fire, etc) They were pre-made and stocked with: (in no particular order)

    light rope (in training one group used it to help secure a door)
    playing cards
    ponchos (6 each?)
    foil blankets (10?)
    pad, sharpie, and pencils
    baggie of bandaids, towelettes, gloves, hand gel, safety pins, and an ABD.
    surgical/dust masks

    *We added a small tube of glucose tablets to each bag for our diabetics who could end up sheltering anywhere*

    I sorted many things into pouches, so if I need something, I don't have to dig under 10 individually wrapped foil blankets. They are all together. PPE is together. The whistle is tied to the strap. At the least, encourage the guardian of each bag to open things. I'm at a different building today and the masks, rope, and flashlight are all sealed in hard plastic packaing. Does the light work? Can I get a mask if I need it? There are no scissors in this kit!

    We've tossed some extras into ours:
    more ABDs
    Bags (to be bags or to use on chest wounds)
    more gloves
    kerlix and ace
    CPR face mask clipped to outside

    in addition, we have a trauma bag (which is similar to my camp trauma bag):
    ACE, kerlix
    various gauze, ABD, pads (pads are for mensis or heavily bleeding wounds)
    trauma shears, smaller scissors, forceps kit
    small pad, pen, sharpie
    petroleum jelly
    bags (baggies, grocery, trash)
    SAM splints, sling
    tongue depressors
    paper cups
    juice boxes
    CPR mask (I'd like to add an extra ambu bag)
    BP cuffs (I think this is just my camp kit. I'm not near my own school kit)
    eye wash
    burn gel
    ice packs

    I take one or the other bag out on fire drills. We must have a go bag. If the drill is while we have two nurses, we'd take both. In the real event of fire or fleeing a shooter, one nurse would take it all if necessary but I don't go out to every drill like a pack mule. I also have a large, empty tote bag ready for me to do a 2 second sweep of the med cabinet on my way out and collect epi-pens and inhalers. Inhalers would especially be needed in case of smoke, chemicals, or panic. In a crisis, I'd share if we needed to (If I didn't "sweep" them all)

    I'd like to add hemostatic dressings. Preferably to teacher bags... because odds are, I will be locked away from the precise location that needs me and my supplies! (and that kills me)
  10. by   dd_txlvn
    Everything is in a big orange home depot bucket (can be used for BR)
    alcohol preps
    duct tape
    toilet paper
    first aid kit
    dust mask
    plastic tarp

    And we are getting tourniquet kits soon, as well.
  11. by   kidzcare
    We have go bags and, honestly, I don't know what is in them. I am not seeing kids day to day so another nurse that I supervise is in charge of that.

    I hate to think about these things. In the last two weeks, there have been threats at 3 schools in my district (including my oldest daughter's) as well as a couple arrests related to those threats. I feel so helpless and scared. I have no idea how we would keep any sense of order at the preschool I work at if there were an active shooter. 250+ 3-5 year olds in the building at a time, many with significant developmental delays. None of them could be quiet in an emergency situation.
  12. by   pedi_nurse
    I wish we had Go buckets in our classrooms. I'm gonna have to build up stock slowly, I think. The districts around here don't seem to put much emphasis on classroom prep for emergencies. I've recently made "first aid kits" for every classroom, that is basically bandaids, gauze, and gloves. I just realized after passing them out yesterday that I need to put emergency carbs/glucose in every classroom, as we have three diabetics at our middle school. We are about to do our first passing period lock down drill and lord knows our brand new diabetic is going to go low. (I do encourage the kids to carry fast acting glucose AND snacks with them, but they are all middle school boys so that doesn't happen.)
  13. by   Amethya
    I have suggested this, but they said our classrooms are too small to have buckets. I wonder if there's a way we can still implement that?
  14. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from Jacquipals
    My school is implementing ALICE. As the nurse, I am thinking what supplies can I leave in the classroom should the unthinkable happen. We are a small private school so fortunately I have a budget for these items.
    Do any of you have "Go Buckets?" What do you put in each room?

    I don't do school nursing but I do adolescent psych - on our unit which holds 16 patients we are prepared to shelter in place for 72 hours. Snacks fresh drinking water - all toilets and showers would remain operational.