CERT Program of Kirkland, WA

School Emergency Planning

Friday, September 04, 2015 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

reposted from FEMA Individual & Community eBrief, August 14, 2015

Are you a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child? Disasters can strike at any time, even during school hours.  As a new school year begins, it’s important for you to know how your child’s school handles emergencies.The Ready Campaign suggests asking the following questions about your child's school emergency plan:

  • How does the school plan on communicating with you in the event of a disaster?
  • Does the school store adequate water, food and other basic supplies?
  • Does the school have a plan for students to shelter in place?
  • If not, where will students go if they must evacuate?

You can never be too informed when it comes to school safety plans. Popular preparedness blogger, The Survival Mom, lists other questions you might want to ask, so be sure to check out her blog.

If your child’s school doesn’t have an emergency plan, consider volunteering to help create one. Parents and caregivers will be better prepared to safely reunite with their child if plans are made ahead of time.

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Get ready for National Preparedness Month in September. Making and testing your plan is also one of the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

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