School Preparedness

School Preparedness


School Emergency Plans

If you are a parent, or guardian of an elderly or disabled adult, make sure schools and daycare providers have emergency response plans.

Know your children’s school emergency plan:

  • Ask how the school will communicate with families during a crisis.
  • Ask if the school stores adequate food, water, and other basic supplies.
  • Find out if the school is prepared to shelter-in-place if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away.

In cases where schools institute procedures to shelter-in-place, you may not be permitted to drive to the school to pick up your children. Even if you go to the school, the doors will likely be locked to keep your children safe. Monitor local media outlets for announcements about changes in school openings and closings, and follow the directions of local emergency officials.

Interesting Articles

Valuable Links
  • Emergency Planning - Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

    This webpage provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

  • FEMA - Resources for Parents and Teachers

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency initiated the FEMA for Kids Web site in October 1997 as a safe and fun place where children could learn what to do before, during and after a disaster to safeguard themselves, their families - even their pets.

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