School Preparedness: Getting Started
Is your school prepared for all emergencies?
Traditionally schools develop a crisis communications plan to respond to internal issues. Not many schools develop an emergency plan detailing specific hazards that may exist locally, nor do they include those individuals that may be responsible within the community for assisting the school. In many cases, teachers are not aware of the school's emergency plans.
A commitment to preparing today will help support employees, students and your community. It also protects your community’s financial investment and gives your school a better chance for survival through any emergency.
How to prepare your school:
- Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your school both internally and externally. Find out which natural disasters are most common in the areas where you are located. You may be aware of some of your community's risks; others may surprise you. Work with your County EMA.
- Learn about what to do during a specific disaster or event.
- Develop a School Emergency Plan. The resources linked below offer excellent guidance.
- Educate your teachers; make sure they are prepared as individuals. This will make them better prepared employees.
MEMA and the Department of Education have developed a library of resources to get you started.
For More Information
- National Clearing House for Educational Facilities: Disaster Preparedness
- US Department of Education: Emergency Planning
- US Department of Homeland Security: Ready Kids
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