In New Hampshire we have a law and rule in place that requires all public and nonpublic schools and childcare programs to have an Emergency Response Plan in place that utilize the Incident Command System and seven standardized Response Actions. One advantage of this is that children entering kindergarten are already familiar with Lockdown, Reverse Evacuation, Secure Campus and the other Response Actions. Planning guidance and trainings are coordinated with the Dept of Health, Office of the State Fire Marshal, State Police and the Dept of Education with Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) as the lead agency. The same management organization may benefit Federal activities. Also it is advisable to include childcare in all Federal school emergency planning activities.
In NH we have one point of contact for all School and Childcare emergency planning activities located in HSEM. We suggest that Federal dollars might be better utilized supporting a similar position within emergency management agencies in all 50 states as is currently done for many emergency management positions. Doing so would aid in coordinating national programs and greatly facilitate and improve information sharing; such as training techniques, security audit and planning guidance.