12 IEP Goals for Maintaining Safety During an Emergency | Fire Drills and Lockdown Downs Etc


What are some IEP goals that can be put in place to help maintain safety during an emergency? This is a question that many parents and educators are asking themselves in light of the recent events. In this blog post, we will discuss IEP goals for fire drills, earthquake drills, and lockdown drills. We will also discuss teaching evacuation procedures and how to help students who may be scared during an emergency.

  1. The Importance of IEP Goals for Maintaining Safety During an Emergency

  2. IEP Goals for Fire Drills

  3. IEP Goals for Earthquake Drills

  4. IEP Goals for Lockdown Drills

  5. Teaching Evacuation Procedures

  6. Helping Students Who Are Scared During an Emergency

The Importance of IEP Goals for Maintaining Safety During an Emergency

IEP goals are important for maintaining safety during an emergency because they help to ensure that all students are aware of the proper procedures and know what to do in case of an emergency. By having IEP goals in place, educators can be sure that all students, regardless of their individual needs, are prepared for an emergency situation.


IEP Goals for Emergency Drills

It's important for students to practice evacuating the buildings during fire emergencies. Students with autism and other disabilities may need additional skills taught and supported. They may need explicit coping skills taught for how to cope with loud sirens, blinking lights, and following directions as well as how to cope with the sensory overload that comes with an emergency situation. A few examples of explicit coping skills are:

  1. identify a safe place to go during an emergency

  2. understand what an emergency is and how to evacuate calmly and quickly

  3. practice evacuating with staff so that it becomes familiar

  4. using earplugs or headphones to block out noise

  5. have a picture schedule or Social Story of what to expect during an evacuation

Explicit coping skills will need to be taught before, during, and after a fire alarm or fire drill so that students with autism feel safe, know what to expect, and can evacuate quickly and calmly in the event of an actual fire emergency.


One IEP goal that can be put in place for fire drills is to have the student(s) practice evacuating the building with a designated adult. This goal can be broken down into smaller goals, such as having the student(s) practice walking to the exit calmly and following the adult’s instructions. Another small goal could be to have the student(s) identify the sound of a fire alarm and what it means.


3 IEP Goals for Fire Drills

Proficient: IEP Goal Objective for Fire Drill Social Stories

By (date), when given a fire drill, the student will attend the fire drill, follow evacuation procedures and wait for all clear with only verbal prompting, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Emerging: IEP Goal Objective for Fire Drill Social Stories | Acting It Out and Peer Partners

By (date), when given a fire drill social story, the student will act out the story like a play including evacuation, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Practicing: IEP Goal Objective for Fire Drill Social Stories | Retelling

By (date), when given a fire drill social story, the student will relate the story to their classroom and retell the story, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Begining: IEP Goal Objective for Fire Drill Social Stories | Comprehension

By (date), when given a fire drill social story, the student will answer questions about the story (question: sound like, look like, etc), improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


3 IEP Goals for Earthquake Drills

Another IEP goal that can be put in place for earthquake drills is to have the student(s) practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This goal can be broken down into smaller goals, such as having the student(s) practice dropping to the ground, covering their head and neck with their hands, and holding on to a sturdy object. Another small goal could be to have the student(s) identify what an earthquake drill is and why it is important.


Proficient: IEP Goal Objective for Earthquake Drill | Drop, Cover, and Hold On

By (date), when given an earthquake drill, the student will drop to the ground, cover their head and neck with their hands, and hold on to a sturdy object, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.

Emerging: IEP Goal Objective for Earthquake Drill | Drop, Cover, and Hold On

By (date), when given an earthquake drill, the student will drop to the ground, cover their head with their hands, and hold on to a sturdy object, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Practicing: IEP Goal Objective for Earthquake Drill | Drop, Cover

By (date), when given an earthquake drill, the student will drop to the ground and cover their head with their hands, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Begining: IEP Goal Objective for Earthquake Drill | Drop

By (date), when given an earthquake drill, the student will drop to the ground, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


3 IEP Goals for Lockdown Drills

The last type of emergency drill that can be addressed in an IEP is a lockdown drill. A lockdown drill is when the school is in lockdown mode and everyone must stay put and be silent. This is usually in response to an intruder on campus or a dangerous situation nearby.


Another IEP goal that can be put in place for lockdown drills is to have the student(s) practice staying quiet and hiding in a designated area. This goal can be broken down into smaller goals, such as having the student(s) practice staying silent and not moving from their hiding spot. Another small goal could be to have the student(s) identify the sound of a lockdown drill and what it means.


Proficient: IEP Goal Objective for Lockdown Drill | Stay Quiet and Hide

By (date), when given a lockdown drill, the student will stay silent and not move from their hiding spot, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Emerging: IEP Goal Objective for Lockdown Drill | Stay Silent

By (date), when given a lockdown drill, the student will stay silent, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Practicing: IEP Goal Objective for Lockdown Drill | Hide

By (date), when given a lockdown drill, the student will not move from their hiding spot, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Begining: IEP Goal Objective for Lockdown Drill | Quiet

By (date), when given a lockdown drill, the student will be quiet, improving safety and emergency skills from 0/10 practice events to 8/10 practice events.


Teaching Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emer