New Mexico - Multi-hazard Practice Drills: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement multi-hazard practice drills (e.g., fire, lockdown, active shooter, or evacuation drills) andencourages or requires inter-agency coordination.

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.1.7 Definitions

AP. "Emergency drills" means the requirement that a total of twelve drills be conducted in each public and private school. These emergency drills shall consist of nine fire drills, two shelter-in-place drills and one evacuation drill at the intervals set forth in Paragraph (1) of Subsection N of 6.29.1.9 NMAC.


New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.1.9 Procedural Requirements

O. Emergency drills and practiced evacuations.

  • (1) Emergency drills shall be conducted in each public school and private school in the state, as follows:
    • (a) at least once per week during the first four weeks of the school year, and at least once per month during the remainder of the school year;
    • (b) two of these drills shall be shelter-in-place drills;
    • (c) one of these drills shall be an evacuation drill;
    • (d) nine of these drills shall be fire drills, with one fire drill required each week during the first four weeks of school;
    • (e) in locations where a fire department is maintained, a member of the fire department shall be requested to be in attendance during the emergency drills for the purpose of giving instruction and constructive criticism;
    • (f) it shall be the responsibility of the person in charge of a school to carry out the provisions related to emergency drills.
  • (2) Requirements to comply and penalties for non-compliance:
    • (a) It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent of a school district, a charter school administrator or private school counterpart(s) to ensure that each school under the person's authority follows the requirements set forth in Subsection O of 6.29.1.9 NMAC.
    • (b) In the event that the person responsible for complying with Subsection O of 6.29.1.9 NMAC fails or refuses to comply with this subsection, the department may, in the case of a public school, take any action designed to ensure prompt corrective action or future compliance, including reporting the non-compliance to either the state fire marshal or to a local fire department. In the case of a private school, the department will report the non-compliance to either the state fire marshal or to a local fire department and may consider adverse licensure action.
    • (c) Failure or refusal to comply with the requirements in Subsection O of 6.29.1.9 NMAC for holding emergency drills shall constitute grounds to suspend or revoke the license of the person responsible for compliance. The due process procedures under the Uniform Licensing Act (Sections 61-1-1 through 61-1-31 NMSA 1978) shall apply.

New Mexico Statutes 22-13-14. Emergency drills; requirement.

A.  An emergency drill shall be conducted in each public and private school of the state at least once each week during the first four weeks of the school year and at least once each month thereafter until the end of the school year. Two drills during the year shall be shelter-in-place drills and one shall be an evacuation drill, as directed by the department. The remainder of the drills shall be fire drills. It shall be the responsibility of the person in charge of a school to carry out the provisions of this section.

B.  In locations where a fire department is maintained, a member of the fire department shall be requested to be in attendance during the emergency drills for the purpose of giving instruction and constructive criticism.

C.  The department shall determine penalties for any person failing to meet the provisions of this section.

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