Preparedness for Natural Disasters

Title Abstract Publication Date
ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. Provides minimum design and construction requirements for storm shelters that provide a safe refuge from storms that produce high winds, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The standard provides design... 12/31/2007
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
Impact of Disasters on the Education Sector of Cambodia. Reports on the Cambodian effort in a three-county project to initiate mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into secondary school curriculum, report on impacts of disasters on education sector,... 12/31/2007
Improving School Earthquake Safety in India. Discusses efforts made to seismically retrofit New Delhi's Ludlow Castle School. STructural and non-structural modifications are described, as are intentions to replicate these modifications at... 12/31/2008
In Case of Disaster: Emergency Operations Centers. Discusses higher education emergency operations centers (EOCs), addressing how they can be economically set up in existing facilities, and how they should be equipped and staffed. Examples from three... 10/31/2010
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
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
Indiana School Safety Plan. Outlines the elements of a school safety plan and recommends additional resources. 12/31/1999
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...
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
Iowa Floods Test Mount Mercy's Emergency Management Plan. Reviews this college's response to 2008 flooding in Cedar Rapids, including closing the campus to regular activities so that they could host first responders and the Red Cross, who were tending... 08/31/2008
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
Is It an Emergency if No One is Listening? Discusses implementation of emergency alert systems at Jackson State and Lewis and Clark College. Prudent engagement of the system during incidents and frustration with low number of students and... 05/31/2010
Is Your School Prepared? Advises on precautions that students, faculty, and staff should take to prevent the spread of influenza. 04/30/2009
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 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
It's All about Power. Describes four higher education institutions' uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, which were designed to keep data and communications viable during a power outage. 04/30/2008
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
Joining Forces. Highlights programs at Virginia Tech, Boston University, Bryant University, Kent State University, and the University of Philadelphia, that strengthen ties and cooperation between college and... 05/31/2009
Joplin District Rep: Don't Use Hallways As Tornado Shelters Had Joplin schools used hallways during the massive May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., many lives would have been lost. Describes how hallways act as wind tunnels, sub-par 2-Way radio systems... 01/16/2012
Joplin High School After a tornado dessimated Joplin, Missouri, national architecture and engineering firm DLR Group and Joplin-based architect Corner Greer & Associates directed the transformation of a 96,000-... 02/29/2012
Keeping Schools Safe in Earthquakes. Reports on a 2004 conference of international seismic and educational facility experts. Part 1 discusses the recognition of obstacles to improving seismic safety of schools in various countries. Part... 12/31/2003
Keeping Students Safe: Introducing the Monolithic Dome. Profiles a Niangua, Missouri, monolithic dome preschool facility that doubles as a community disaster shelter. The impoverished community was able to finance the structure with a federal grant, but... 05/31/2009
Keeping the Community in the Know. Discusses mass notification systems for schools, which are more frequently being used for everyday, non-emergency communication. Internet-based services do not require hardware, software, or... 07/31/2009