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ERIC Number: ED495923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management: Steps for Developing a School Emergency Management Plan
US Department of Education
"Helpful Hints" offers a quick overview of school emergency preparedness topics that are frequently the subject of inquiries. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools strongly encourages schools and school districts to develop emergency management plans within the context of the four phases of emergency management: prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, schools should collaborate closely with police, fire and emergency services personnel and community partners (e.g., public and mental health professionals) who can assist with the development of plans that address a wide range of crises. This issue of "Helpful Hints" suggests ten steps that will help to guide schools and school districts in developing comprehensive, multihazard emergency management plans. These steps are: (1) align planning and procedures with federal, state and local efforts; (2) conduct assessments; (3) establish and institutionalize the Incident Command System (ICS); (4) develop policies and protocols; (5) establish communication plans; (6) create a student-parent-reunification plan; (7) stock emergency go-kits and supplies; (8) provide training to faculty and staff; (9) design and conduct functional emergency exercises; and (10) publish and disseminate the plan. [This document was published by the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS).]
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: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A