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School Preparedness

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Why do schools need to prepare?

Each day, approximately 55 million children attend public and nonpublic schools across the country.

When these students are at school, the school is responsible for their safety and well-being. Schools need to ensure that they have taken the necessary steps to take care of their students regardless of the circumstances. 

For School Administrators

Minnesota School Safety Center

The Minnesota School Safety Center is a wonderful resource available to any school in the state of Minnesota--public or private. Not only does their website provide guidance on planning, policy, and prevention, but they offer on-site school assessments as well. Their services are provided totally free of charge and schools are not required to implement their recommendations.  

Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

This short, Web-based course is part of FEMA’s Independent Study Program. The 3 hour class specifically addresses hazard assessment, plan development, emergency management operations and the roles and responsibilities of school crisis team members. School-based professionals with emergency management responsibilities, as well as individuals with an interest in school preparedness, are encouraged to take the course.


Other Useful Links:

Principles for Creating a High Quality School Emergency Operations Plan

Preparedness Tips for School Administrators

Planning for Students and Staff with Access and Functional Needs