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Camden County Officials Deploy New Protocols For Emergency Responses To Schools

By Mark Abrams

CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) — A year after the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Camden County officials say they’ve now finished deploying new protocols for emergency responses to schools.

Flanked by students and police officials from throughout the region, Camden County prosecutor Warren Faulk stood on the campus of Camden County College on Thursday and praised the implementation of the new “plain speech” instructions that emergency responders, school students and staff will now use.

The four-tier approach starts with the lowest level called a “lockout,” going next to “shelter in place,” to “room clear,” to the highest level – a “lockdown.”

Faulk says parents are now beginning to get word on the new alert levels and what they mean.

“Hopefully, the protocols that have been put in place today will never be needed. But if they ever are – everyone will know immediately their respective roles and responsibilities,” Faulk said.

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