Preparedness for Disasters -- Overview

Title Abstract Publication Date
Homeland Security for Schools: Threat Status Alert Worksheet. This worksheet includes suggested actions for schools based on general recommendations from the Homeland Security Department according to the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System Designation. 12/31/2003
Homeland Security: The Role of Schools in a Post 9/11 Environment. Many of the strategies that would be used in a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or tornado, have significant application for managing the effects of a terrorist attack involving explosions or... 12/31/2002
How Prepared Are Our Schools? Natural Disasters, School Awareness, and District Plans Identifies, evaluates, and ranks disaster preparedness planning in school districts nationally. Findings reveal great diversity in disaster planning from no plans whatsoever to action planning... 12/31/1996
How to Cope With Terrorism & Violence in our Schools. Researchers who completed a recent study on school emergency preparedness recommend that each school system develop customized guidelines that can be incorporated into a comprehensive plan that best... 02/29/2000
How To Handle Bomb Threats and Suspicious Devices. Discusses ways schools can handle bomb threats and suspicious devices and describes risk reduction steps in preparation for these events. It suggests security risk reduction can be accomplished... 01/31/1999
How to Prepare for and Respond to a Crisis. Dealing with the effects of a crisis on school children and staff is not the primary mission of schools, nor is it the reason why most educators or school administrators entered the profession. Not... 08/31/2002
How to Prevent a Document Disaster from Crippling Your Institution. Advises on protection of document from disaster, including creating digital archives, especially of building blueprints that can help direct the way out of a disaster. Advice on creating a reliable... 10/31/2008
How to Protect Your Building from Severe Weather. Advises on preparing buildings for severe weather by knowing the facts about what types of severe weather affect your location, assessing building weaknesses, fortifying buildings, creating a... 06/30/2008
Hurricane Katrina: Army Corps of Engineers Contract for Mississippi Classrooms. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tasked the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to purchase temporary classrooms for Mississippi schools. To accomplish... 04/30/2006
Ice Storm: Reacting to a Natural Disaster in Quebec. When a severe freeze hit Quebec in January 1998, schools and universities were forced to remain closed for up to 23 days. Here is an account of how school authorities handled the crisis and the... 09/30/1998
Improving Your Emergency/Crisis Response Plan. Advocates improved communications with the school and community, continuous crisis training for staff, networking with other school districts and public safety professionals, practice drills, and... 04/30/2004
In the Eye of the Storm. Advises school leaders on emergency preparedness, detailing four steps that they must take. These involve putting emergency preparedness on the action agenda of all school stakeholders, reaching out... 09/30/2006
In Their Own Words: 9/11 Parents Help Other Parents and Schools with Lessons Learned. 2005 Edition. Through the constructive advice of experienced parents, this discusses emergency planning for schools. The events of September 11 and its aftermath have challenged health, environment, and education... 08/31/2005
Incident Command Systems: Because Life Happens. Discusses the National Emergency Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICD). Advice on assembling and managing an emergency response team, as well as responding to a variety of... 04/30/2011
Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of School Buildings (K-12): Providing Protection to People and Buildings. Asserting that the strategy of incremental seismic rehabilitation makes it possible for schools to get started now on improving earthquake safety, this manual provides school administrators with the... 05/31/2003
Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School. Examines the history of terrorism attacks at schools from a 1970 incident in Israel to the present. Chapters advise on the tendencies of terrorists, public reaction to terrorism, school buses and... 12/31/2004
Institute for Business & Home Safety: Protecting Our Kids from Disasters Program IBHS is an initiative of the insurance industry to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters. Site includes an information center, a...
International Meeting on Helping Schools Prepare for and Respond to Terrorist Attacks. Proceedings of an international meeting focusing on helping schools plan and respond to terrorist attacks. The meeting took place on February 13 and 14, 2002, in Washington, D.C., and was hosted by... 02/12/2002
Introduction to Natural and Man-made Disasters and their Effects on Buildings. Provides guidance with all types of natural and man-made disasters and their effect on buildings. The forces of various disasters are described, along with a basic technical understanding of... 12/31/2002
Introduction to NBC Terrorism. An Awareness Primer and Preparedness Guide for Emergency Responders. This primer in intended to provide an awareness-level introduction to the subject of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons (NBC) for first responders and community officials who need to be ready... 10/14/2001
Iran's School Earthquake Safety Initiative. Emphasizes the importance of Iran's school earthquake safety initiative due to the young age structure of Iran and the loss of schoolchildren during earthquakes. The authors detail the formal... 09/30/2007
IT Emergency Preparedness. Details a three-phase approach to IT emergency preparedness, consisting of identifying the assets to be protected, making a list of potential threats, and finding tools, policies, and procedures to... 05/31/2008
It Pays to Prepare! An Emergency Preparedness Guide for Child Care Providers. Assists child care providers with collecting and posting emergency numbers, creating and executing an emergency evacuation plan, reviewing and posting guidelines on how to handle medical emergencies... 12/31/2004
It Takes a Community. Reviews Spokane's effective school emergency preparedness plan, which is coordinated with first responders, uses custom software, and has proved valuable in actual emergencies. Five steps to... 09/30/2006
Jane's Safe Schools Planning Guide for All Hazards. Takes the user through the planning, implementation, response, and recovery processes of a safe school. Section one describes how to organize personnel and materials around the development of an... 12/31/2003

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