Head for the Shelter Tornado Safety

Head for the Shelter!

After the Joplin tornado, many more businesses and homes installed a storm shelter for the safety of their clients and families. We also thought it was important to have a tornado shelter when we built out the space for Uncommon Orthodontics! However, we took a lesson from the school system and started having tornado drills (check out a video of one of our recent drills.)

We did not stop there though…we also use our shelter for Intruder Safety drills! It is important to us that our patients feel an uncommon level of safety and security when they are with us, whether from weather-related issues or from the unlikely event of a potentially violent or dangerous situation. We have a team member who is our designated safety officer and who is responsible for enforcing our safety protocols for these possibilities. You can be confident that we are “on it” for your safety and security!

Intruder Safety Training

On Tuesday, November 4 our team participated in an Intruder Safety course taught by Sgt. Matt Partain and designed for the protection of our team, patients and parents. After studying the office and its access, the surrounding area and any potential safety hazards, Sgt. Partain designed a presentation specifically tailored to Uncommon Orthodontics.

Team members learned to identify and diffuse potentially dangerous situations and to confidently deal with escalating or toxic circumstances. Protocols were established for both scenarios and a team member was designated as Safety Officer. The Safety Officer will hold regular meetings, supervise scheduled practices and conduct in-house drills.

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Uncommon Orthodontics is committed to the “well being” of our team, patients and families…and physical protection is no exception. Our EF5 rated storm shelter will serve as both a weather and an intruder safety protection…don’t be too surprised if we hold a drill while you are in the office! In the unlikely event that your safety is compromised by a weather or an intruder related event, you may be confident that “we’ve got a plan for that!”