Preparedness for Disasters -- Overview

Title Abstract Publication Date
Emergency Response Information: Chemical Hazards. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has compiled information for first responders on specific chemical agents, and has published this information in the form of Emergency...
Emergency Response Teams in Action. Illustrates the value of proper crisis response training to help schools protect lives by avoiding adverse situations. Details the execution of a crisis management plan, which was developed following... 06/30/2001
Energy Supplement. Supplement to School Planning and Management. Presents the following articles on energy efficiency and American public schools: High Performance Schools Reduce Costs and Improve Student and Staff Environment (Larry Schoff); ASHRAE's... 02/28/2001
Experiences with and Preparedness for Emergencies and Disasters among Public Schools in California. This study assesses schools' experiences with, and preparedness for, emergencies and disasters. Data are collected by mail survey from 157 public schools in California. The majority of schools... 08/31/2007
Facilities Management of Existing School Buildings: Two Models. This document presents two models that offer ways a school district administration, regardless of size, may introduce activities into its ongoing management process that will lead to improvements in... 12/31/1993
Facility Survival Guide. [Emergency Planning Strategies.] Advises facility managers on emergency response, with eight recommendations: 1) Develop an emergency action plan, not a guidebook. 2) Don't plan to rely solely on first responders. 3) Use... 02/28/2009
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Saferooms Specific guidance is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on this website for the construction of both residential and community shelters, for the benefit of individuals and...
FEMA Program Helps Schools Develop Emergency Response Outlines guidelines recently introduced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help schools develop procedures to respond to all types of disasters, including school violence. Discusses... 05/29/2000
Fire and the Design of Educational Buildings. Building Bulletin 7. Sixth Edition. This bulletin offers guidance on English school premises regulations applying to safety protection against fires in the following general areas: means of escape in case of fire; precautionary... 12/31/1996
Five Lessons Learned from the Platte Canyon School Schooting. Summarizes five lessons learned, as identified by local authorities after this shooting, including principles of design for traffic control and crime prevention through environmental design. 10/31/2007
Food Safety and Food Defense for Schools. It is recommended that schools adopt a multi-hazard approach to addressing their vulnerabilities. Food service operations--including school cafeterias, central kitchens, warehouses or food delivery... 06/22/2006
For the Record. Discusses protection of vital records in schools, defining which records are essential, assessing threats to records, protective strategies and storage, and recovery after a disaster. 01/31/2008
Get a Head Start on Mass Notification Code Regulations. Reviews current and upcoming codes for mass notification systems that are coupled with fire alarm systems. These include multi-channel systems that accommodate customized messages for different areas... 04/30/2007
Getting Serious about Power Failures. Describes internal combustion electrical generation systems for emergency use and for peak shaving power production when the cost of peak electricity makes it economically feasible to generate power... 03/31/2004
Gimme Shelter. Describes the features of school buildings that help protect occupants during natural and man-made disasters. Masonry and concrete construction, proper roof and glass selection, and creation of safe... 10/31/2003
Government Announces Emergency- Preparedness Web Resource For Schools. Announcement of a new Department of Education Web resource aimed at helping schools better prepare for an emergency, such as a terrorist act, violent incident, or natural disaster. The department... 03/06/2003
Guidance for Filtration and Air-Cleaning Systems to Protect Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks. This document discusses air-filtration and air-cleaning issues associated with protecting building environments from an airborne chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) attack. It provides... 03/31/2003
Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks. In January 2002, the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) formed the Interagency Workgroup on Building Air Protection which includes representatives from agencies across the Federal government. One of... 04/30/2002
Guidance Notes on Safer School Construction. Presents a framework of guiding principles and general steps to develop a plan to address the disaster resilient construction and retrofitting of school buildings. The guidance notes consist of four... 12/31/2008
Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools. Advises on the reduction of seismic hazards associated with the non-structural components of schools buildings, including mechanical systems, ceiling systems, partitions, light fixtures, furnishings... 12/31/2002
H1N1 Flu Information Offers information designed to assist schools in disseminating health information, planning for staff and student absences, and maintaining a learning environment during a flu outbreak.
H1N1: Reducing Your Risk. [H1N1 Preparedness.] Discusses the spread so far and predicted severity of H1N1 influenza. Identifying and cross-training backup employees to cover essential building functions, preparing occupants for varying service... 09/30/2009
Handling an Emergency: A Defining Moment. Following a fire and a costly PCB cleanup at a Connecticut high school, the administrative staff learned valuable lessons. Districts must have an emergency management plan, provide accurate... 06/30/2001
Hazard Identification And Risk Assessment For Schools. Offers a workbook to identify and assess hazards to school property and occupants in order to develop a more thorough emergency response plan. 10/31/2006
Head Start Disaster Preparedness Workbook Presents steps for Head Start programs to take to identify hazards and resources, train their staff and families, and build partnerships with other agencies in the community. The types of hazards... 12/31/2003