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Public Education

Preparedness Tips for Schools

  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to the proper authorities immediately.
  • Close school if recommended to do so by appropriate authorities.
  • 100% identification check (i.e., driver's license retained at front office) and provide an escort for anyone entering school other than students, staff and faculty.
  • Review emergency plans.
  • Offer Masters of Disaster Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events lessons in Grades K-12.
  • Prepare to handle inquiries from anxious parents and media.
  • Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks.
  • Ensure all emergency supplies are stocked and ready.
  • Obtain copies of Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected brochure from your local Red Cross chapter and send it home with students in grades K-12.
  • Conduct safety training/emergency drills following the school's written emergency plan for all grades.
  • Ensure emergency communication plan is updated and needed equipment is available.
  • Use Red Cross emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry to develop written emergency plans to address all hazards including plans to maintain the safety of students, staff, and faculty, as well as an emergency communication plan to notify parents in times of emergency. Disseminate relevant information to families of children, staff and faculty.
  • Initiate offering Masters of Disaster curriculum for grades K-8 regarding emergency preparedness for natural disasters.
  • Ensure mental health counselors are available for students, staff and faculty.