Talking lockdown

Anthony Baxter, co-founder of Lifebell, shares insights into effective communication and locking for sitewide emergency management in schools – on a budget

How do you know your school is lockdown ready for unexpected incidents?

Take the test. Score yourself: 1 = not ready; 10 = fully in place and working smoothly.

Is your school ready?

Distinctive sounders

Any bell or voice warning needs to be instantly distinguishable from any other alarm (e.g. a fire bell, which demands evacuation).

Your score:         /10

Comprehensive coverage

The alert must be able to be heard across the whole school site, taking into account that future building projects may require an extension to the system.

Your score:         /10

Emergency buttons

Emergency lockdown buttons should be located throughout the buildings, not all in one place.

Your score:         /10

Administrator contact

Placing a member of admin staff in a direct two-way call with the user of the emergency button allows assessment of the facts.

Your score:         /10

Voice commands

A customisable public address (PA) function is used for instructions, reassurance and control.

Your score:         /10

System integration

Single button triggers to other systems such as automatic door/gate locking, activation of security grilles/blinds.

Your score:         /10

If you would like to access the free Lifebell lockdown guide, email your score to or call 0330 223 0491.


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