A Comprehensive Approach to Keeping Our Schools Safe
Everyone needs practical skills and simple tools to develop a culture of preparedness and resilience in educational communities, and to achieve compliance with the NIMS and other regulations like Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code, for example.
The best ways to start is with a comprehensive overview of the four phases of emergency management and explain how to apply standards and best practices as the foundation for developing a safe and secure school district.
The measures needed to develop a culture of preparedness and to assess the safety and security features of an educational institution include:
- Identify the steps to developing a district-wide, multi-hazard Emergency Operations Plan across all four phases;
- Develop the simple, practical supporting tools to establish a culture of preparedness and resilience;
- Recognize the steps to test the capability of your educational institution to prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from specific hazards and threats through drills and exercises; and
- Apply findings from school safety and security assessments to strengthen emergency preparedness for your educational institution.
Following this outline and delving deeper into these areas will lead to knowledge that can strengthen safety in our educational institutions.
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Posted by Victoria Calder on Sep 16, 2013