Preparedness for Disasters -- Overview

Title Abstract Publication Date
Bomb Threat Basics. Discusses the increasing concern of bomb threats and explosive devices in today's public schools. The scope of the problem is explored as are planning tips for decreasing these threats. 01/31/2001
Bomb Threat Response: An Interactive Planning Tool For Schools [CD-ROM] This program will help school administrators and state and local public safety officials better prepare for bomb threats against the nation's schools. The topics of the program include:... 12/31/2003
Bomb Threats Taking Financial Toll. For some schools, bomb threats have become more routine than fire drills, with each incident ringing up multi-thousand-dollar tabs for emergency manpower, special equipment, makeup instructional time... 08/31/2004
Bombs and School Security: Are Your Schools Prepared for Bomb Threats and Bombs? High-profile school violence cases and other national incidents, along with easy access to formulas for homemade bombs on the Internet, have contributed to the growth of bomb threats, suspicious... 12/31/2003
Boxed-up Students Not Safe in Winds More than 100,000 Central Florida students go to school in box-like, portable classrooms that offer little protection from high winds, are often poorly inspected and in some cases are not even... 06/20/1998
Braving the Elements: Protecting Schools Against Weather-Related Disasters Discusses common weather-related hazards (floods, windstorms, and winter storms) and provides some steps administrators can take to protect their schools. Suggests administrators periodically assess... 03/31/1997
Building Community Resilience through Education: School Safety as a Route to a Culture of Prevention. Details within the context of building a culture, a culture of community resilience through education and a culture of disaster prevention through school safety. Schools as “the cradle of each... 09/30/2007
California Schools Pass Up Earthquake Safety Study. Few school districts have requested results of a 2002 California survey that found 7,537 buildings that might perform poorly and imperil students in the event of a big earthquake, and even fewer have... 02/29/2004
Calming Fears, Creating Partners. Advises on aggressive communication for emergencies at schools, emphasizing prompt, open, and detailed notification of families, accommodation of non-English natives, close alliances with other... 05/31/2007
CASBO Members Called to Action During Fires. Describes how school business officials in San Diego County responded to recent wildfires with a new mass notification system, software that matched affected areas to employee addresses, and use of... 05/31/2008
Caught off Guard? [Overlooked Steps in Emergency Planning] Advises facility managers on some of the most commonly overlooked areas of emergency planning. Not having a plan at all, having an outdated plan, and not practicing the plan head the list. A... 09/30/2010
Checklist for a Safe and Secure School Environment. Offers a checklist with explanations for school safety policies and procedures, emergency preparedness plans, building and grounds assessment, and safety transportation needs. A list of 59 references... 04/30/1999
Communicating Safety. Advises what should and should not be said to the public in the event of a school tragedy, withmany typical messages being discouraged as being over-used or indicating a lack of recognition of the... 02/28/2009
Communications Systems. Discusses school emergency communications plans and systems, illustrating these with a case from the Clark County (Nevada) School District, in which schools were locked down during a police shootout... 03/31/2007
Comprehensive Threat Assessment Plan for Schools and Communities: Cooperation + Collaboration in Communities = Safe and Secure School Environments. Describes how Geneva School District (Illinois) built a positive school-police relationship and developed a community intervention team, which includes the position of community intervention... 05/31/2002
Cost-Effective and Resilient Enterprise-Wide User Notification Methods White paper on delivering quick and effective communications in times of emergency. The modern day classroom with new technologies brings a new set of standards, expectations, and needs when it comes... 03/27/2012
Creating Your School's Crisis Management Team Schools can reduce their vulnerability to violence and other hazards by analyzing foreseeable risks, assembling a broad-based crisis-management team (CMT), providing adequate staff training, and... 06/30/2001
Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools. Uses data from the 2005-06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) to examine a range of issues dealing with school crime and safety, such as the frequency of school crime and violence,... 08/31/2007
Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: First Look. Uses data from the 2009-10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) to examine a range of issues dealing with school crime and safety, such as the frequency of school crime and violence,... 04/30/2011
Crisis Communications. Presents an interview with a school security professional that discusses reactions to the recent swine flu outbreak, improvements in school security since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School,... 04/30/2009
Crisis Management and the Responsible School District Provides a set of reasonable options for how a school district can move to prevent, as well as quickly respond to, crises, whether premeditated violence or the much more common crises such as... 10/31/2000
Crisis Resources: Homeland Security/War Resources. [North Carolina] The North Carolina Public Schools Department of Public Instruction has compiled online resources on what to do when disaster strikes, including materials for counseling students and responding to...
Crisis Response and Violence Prevention Resources. The National Mental Health and Education Center has compiled links to crisis response and violence prevention resources for parents, educators and communities. These resources are designed to help...
Crisis Response Box: A Guide to Help Every School Assemble the Tools and Resources Needed for a Critical Incident Response. [California] This is a guide to assist schools in preparing for a school emergency. The box contains crucial information needed to respond to a critical incident. The guide states that these elements should be... 12/31/2005
Critical Calculations to Stay Cool. Emphasizes need for determining the type of emergency likely to occur in a facility's setting and to anticipate access to appropriate portable cooling needs. Calculations for accurate required... 07/31/2011