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ERIC Number: ED494768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ERCMExpress. Volume 2, Issue 1
US Department of Education
This issue of the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance Center's "ERCMExpress" focuses on integrating students with special needs and disabilities into emergency response and crisis management planning. Meeting the needs of students with disabilities and special needs in the event of an emergency does not have to be a daunting or a costly task. It simply requires administrators and officials to take into account the entire school community, from students and staff members to visitors and volunteers, and then take the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of all. When creating a school emergency management team, administrators should include a disability specialist who can provide guidance on how to meet students' physical and emotional needs. Once the school-based disability specialist is incorporated into the school's crisis team, the following five steps should be implemented in a school's crisis management plan thereby ensuring that all students with special needs and disabilities are care for. The steps are: (1) Identify students' special needs; (2) Maintain a confidential roster of students with special needs; (3) Build on current accommodations, modifications and services; (4) Teach students with disabilities crisis response strategies; and (5) Inform and train adults. Collaboration and ongoing communication with first responders is essential and facilitates the safe integration of students with disabilities into all school activities and plans. Resources for the Emergency Response Crisis Management Community, as well as more strategies for schools are also provided. [This publication was funded by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education under contract with Caliber Associates, Inc.]
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.