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ERIC Number: EJ899126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Preparing for an Earthquake: Information for Schools and Families
Heath, Melissa Allen; Dean, Brenda
Communique, v37 n3 p1, 10-13 Nov 2008
Over the past decade, catastrophic earthquakes have garnered international attention regarding the need for improving immediate and ongoing support services for disrupted communities. Following the December 26, 2004 Indonesian earthquake, the Indian Ocean tsunami was responsible for displacing millions and taking the lives of an estimated 320,000 individuals. Closer to home, in 1997, California's Northridge earthquake caused 57 deaths and injured over 9,000. Losses were estimated in the range of 42 billion dollars (Emergency Survival Program, 2007). A major question arising from these disasters is: How can one meet the overwhelming needs of communities following an earthquake? However, in no way minimizing the need for effective response following a disaster, crisis plans must anticipate potential disasters. The authors discuss how to prepare schools and families for potential earthquakes and reduce subsequent disruption and chaos. Resources that focus on prevention to assist in planning classroom lesson and activities related to earthquake safety are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A