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2013 Edition, February Issue

Emergeny Response - The RAIN Model
by Sgt. Ed Jones

     Since 1991, there have been more than 110 homicides at colleges and universities across the nation. The majority of those involve the use of firearms. In response to pleas from school districts to develop a crisis procedure the RAIN model to emergency response was developed. The RAIN model was conceived as a crisis procedure that was easy to understand, remember and simple to use. This model could be applied to classroom conflicts as well as a wide variety of other multi-hazard campus-based incidents.

     The RAIN model has been taught to hundreds of school districts throughout the United States and has been successfully used numerous times to minimize damage, reduce harm and to save lives.

RAIN is comprised of four primary elements:

  • RESPOND - refers to the necessity to do something, and not to freeze up.
  • ASSESS - refers to the teacher's ability to clearly determine the status of the offender, the physical set-up of the location, and the medical condition of victims, or the possibilty of additional victim's if the conflict escalates or violence continues.
  • ISOLATE - refers to seperating the offender from victims or possible victims, keeping a safe distance between teacher and offender.
  • NOTIFY - stresses the need to notify the proper authorities without delay.

Faculty, students and staff have a shared responsibilty for safety on campus. Learning the RAIN model, and using it in the first three minutes of a campus crisis, can result in lives being saved.

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