Schools are typically required to conduct evacuation, lockdown and severe weather drills throughout the school year. These are fundamental but can become so routine that staff lose their situational awareness and ability to think on their feet, should an actual event differ significantly from a repeated drill. Also, administrators tend to run drills when they will create the least disruption because they take away from instruction time. Given those limitations, schools and organizations should look for ways to use existing drills to address unexpected situations and then provide a forum for staff to share their experiences after each type of drill is executed, accelerating their learning.