In the improbable event that a campus evacuation would be required to ensure the safety of our students, the School will follow a carefully considered plan written in consultation with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and local emergency services officials. The OEP will provide public information through area radio and television stations regarding evacuation areas. The School also will make every reasonable effort to post information on its website.
In all situations, student attendance would be taken at the shelter site. Students will be released from the School's protection only if a parent/guardian reports to the evacuation site and notifies a faculty member that he or she is taking the student. Faculty members will be asked to remain at the evacuation site with students until released by the Headmaster.
Day students with cars will not be permitted to utilize personal vehicles during evacuations unless specifically instructed to do so by the School.
If area emergency preparedness officials were to advise the School to relocate students to a location further from campus and for an indefinite period of time, the School would direct and facilitate an evacuation to Catasauqua High School, near Allentown, Pa., which is located near the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport. The School has determined that there are adequate private vehicles (including Hill School buses and School vans) to transport the entire School population in the event of an evacuation. In such a situation, students will be directed to the Hill School's David H. Mercer Field House, where School drivers then will fill Hill vehicles with students and faculty drivers will fill available seats in their family vehicles with students; furthermore, we have arranged with an area bus service which will dispatch buses to the Field House in support of our own system.
If the School, in consultation with emergency preparedness officials, should decide it was appropriate to shelter students and faculty on campus, all students would be directed to the David H. Mercer Field House, where they will be housed with food, water, and other basic needs as required.