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Preparedness in schools

Incorporating preparedness within the context of the curriculum permits exposure to the topic but does not necessarily require extra time to present the topic. For an example: In English class students would be assigned to prepare an essay with a topic that relates to various types of preparedness. The same may extend to history class where specific instances in history may have been impacted by better preparedness on the part of those affected. Social studies could look at a recent disaster and indicate how various levels of preparedness may have averted or mitigated the impact on those affected.


Many wears ago we began incorporating fire and burn safety information into the context of the curriculum in local schools and observed a gradual increase in awareness relative to several aspects of topics.


A meeting needs to be scheduled with school officials and teachers to suggest how specific information may be incorporated into the curriculum to provide appropriate seasonally focused preparedness information. Emphasis is placed on how the information can assist the school, the students and their families in being ready to address the issues related to any disaster that might befall that community.


Be prepared with suggested material and local resources that may help teachers incorporate important information into the daily curriculum

Submitted by in Jan 2012

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  1. If you provide teachers with specific lesson plans and training materials, to include DVDs, this idea may help teachers do more to promote emergency preparedness.
    in Jan 2012
  2. While I agree 100% with the concept, Sadly, most school districts, and State Education Departments feel that a program such as this is nice, but they would rather focus on sports and other "warm fuzzy" areas , rather than teach "Reality 101" to the students. The key to this is a change in the mindset of education in general, and get back to the basics.

    It would have to be a federally mandated program, and while we are at it, get the schools to get their OWN disaster plans in place. I would be willing to bet that if you called your local school, and asked if they had a response plan to a bombing incident,severe weather sheltering, flood,etc plan in place, they would look at you like you had a second head growing out of your chest, and hand you a copy of a "plan" that most likely is a "find and replace" version of something that they pulled off the web.
    in Jan 2012
  3. Use NIMS to teach school age children and lets start preparing them now to learn the basic preparedness and response methods a part of our daily culture.
    in Mar 2012
  4. Emergency Preparedness & Planning Workshops held on school property during Open House festivities each fall could be an opportunity for local police, fire & ems to share safety information and encourage planning and good communication for students & their families. Sponsorship opportunities for local business will demonstrate the public-private partnerships and can utilize this opportunity to create & disseminate checklists and other educational materials regarding fire & life safety.
    in Mar 2012

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