ERIC Number: ED494840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management: Emergency "Go-Kits"
US Department of Education
"Helpful Hints" offers a quick overview of school emergency preparedness topics that are frequently the subject of inquiries. The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) encourages schools to consider emergency management in the context of its four phases: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The preparedness phase involves developing policies and protocols for multiple hazards, establishing an Incident Command System (ICS), conducting training and exercises, and ensuring necessary resources are available should an emergency occur in school. One suggested activity for enhancing school preparedness is the creation of emergency supply kits--or, emergency "go-kits." "Go-kits" are portable and should contain a stockpile of essential emergency supplies. "Go-kits" often come in the form of backpacks or buckets that can be easily carried out of a school in case of an emergency. They can have such items as a clipboard containing (1) lists of all students, including students with special needs and descriptions of needs (i.e., medical issues, prescription medicines, dietary needs) and marked confidential; (2) school personnel; (3) school emergency procedures; and (4) key contact information for the district crisis team. The "Go-kit" should also contain: (5) a parent-student reunification plan; (6) a whistle; (7) a hat or brightly vest for visibility and leadership identification; (8) a battery-operated flashlight and batteries; (9) a utility turn off procedures; (10) an emergency communication device; and (11) a first-aid kit with instructions. [This document was published by the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, and funded by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.