School Emergency Plans Can Save Lives
School emergency plans can save lives!
Like individuals and families, schools, daycare providers, workplaces, neighborhoods and apartment buildings should all have site-specific emergency plans.
Ask about plans at the places where your family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent. If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one.
You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.
Schools and Daycare
If you are a parent, or guardian of an elderly or disabled adult, make sure schools and daycare providers have emergency response plans.
Things to keep in mind:
- Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.
- Ask if they store adequate food, water and other basic supplies.
- Find out if they are prepared to "shelter-in-place" if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away.
For more information on developing emergency preparedness plans for schools, please visit the U.S. Department of Education:
- Emergency Planning - Office of Safe and Healthy Students
- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA) Center