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ERIC Number: EJ862960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Rebounding from Tragedy
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v81 n9 p14-16, 18-19 Apr 2009
Some regions are prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or earthquakes. Other tragedies, such as fires or acts of violence, can occur just about anywhere. Regardless of the specific type of disaster, schools and universities must be prepared to cope with crises that can disrupt operations, destroy facilities, and displace students and staff. Education administrators need to respond quickly to rebound from such incidents because students are depending on them to provide an environment where they can recover--and continue to learn. One of the critical missions for an education institution beset by a crisis is to keep its constituents informed on what is happening and how they should respond. Schools and universities can use the Internet and other technologies to provide students, employees and community members with frequent updates as a crisis evolves. At the University of Iowa in June 2008, officials watched with increasing alarm as Iowa River water levels rose and it became clear that flooding would affect the Iowa City campus. The author discusses how the University of Iowa used an external blogging tool and set up a blog for flood updates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Iowa; Louisiana; Oklahoma