ERIC Number: ED383077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Being Prepared: The School Emergency Response Plan Handbook.
Fuentes, Efrain Garza; Rose, Raymond M.
This handbook was designed to help educators develop a proactive school-preparedness plan for dealing with a variety of crises, ranging from natural disasters to accidents to acts of violence. The School Emergency Response Plan (SERP) is not a violence-prevention program; rather, it is part of an overall effort to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. Data for the handbook were gathered from school observations and an administrator focus group. The planning process creates a vehicle for community collaboration that includes public-service and emergency-response entities, business, the media, social services, transportation systems, community leaders, and others. The seven steps in the planning process include: (1) identify key players and their roles; (2) conduct a school inventory of resources and limitations; (3) design the SERP; (4) apprise local institutions of the SERP; (5) clarify roles and responsibilities with community-service agencies and public-safety departments; (6) conduct and evaluate a crisis exercise; and (7) update the plan. One figure, one table, 6 worksheets, and lists of possible school-emergency situations and responses are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Coordination, Cooperative Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Natural Disasters, Needs Assessment, School Safety, Strategic Planning, Violence
Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, 300 Brickstone Square, Suite 950, Andover, MA 01810 (Stock No. 9420; $10 plus $2.50 shipping and handling); electronic version: http:www.neirl.org.serp.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.