Preparedness for Natural Disasters

Title Abstract Publication Date
Preparing for Disaster. Describes protective measures undertaken at two universities in advance of 2003's Hurricane Isabel, the minimal property damage sustained, and procedural changes that were made afterward. 01/31/2004
Preparing for the Big One--Saving Lives through Earthquake Mitigation in Los Angeles, CA: Section 3, Schools. Reviews the overall positive performance of school buildings during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, with no collapsed buildings. The report notes that the quake did not occur during school hours, so... 02/28/2005
Preparing for the Flu: Department of Education Recommendations to Ensure the Continuity of Learning for Schools (K-12) During Extended Student Absence of School Dismissal. Provides recommendations to help schools maintain the continuity of learning for individual or small groups of students who are out of school for extended periods and large groups of students... 12/31/2008
Preparing for the Unthinkable. (Is Your District's Safety Plan Up To Date?) Briefly reviews major points of school emergency mitigation and prevention, preparation, response, and recovery, as part of a comprehensive emergency plan. 11/30/2007
Protecting Children from Tornadoes. Reviews the construction of safe rooms in the Wichita Public School District, using FEMA mitigation funds. The shelters were created in cooperation with the local emergency management authority, and... 07/31/2002
Protecting the Power. [Creating Reliable Backup Power.] Discusses uninterruptible power supply (UPS) configurations. Efficiencies, scalable design, compatibility, standby generators, sound attenuation, and exhaust are discussed. 09/30/2009
Protecting Vital Records in a Crisis. Advises awareness of which administrative and academic records that must be protected indefinitely and recommends Underwriters Laboratory approval for all safekeeping equipment. Products claiming to... 11/30/2005
Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Setting of Child Care. Discusses child care emergency preparedness, offering recommendations for consultants working with child care providers. The complexity of emergency preparedness in child care calls for the... 12/31/2003
Purposeful Redundancy. Reviews the use of sirens, text messages, e-mail blasts, outdoor voice systems, intercoms, and LED signs for campus emergency notification. The advantages and disadvantages of each system are... 08/31/2009
Put Your Disaster Plan to the Test. Discusses organization of a disaster plan drill, including scenario selection, designation of responsibilities, observations, and follow-up after the event. 02/29/2008
Quake-Proofing Oregon Schools: Why the Wait? Reports on the delay in issuing bonds for seismic upgrades of schools, as authorized by the Oregon voters in 2002. The significant risk of earthquakes in Oregon is discussed, with particular... 06/16/2008
Raising the Alarm. Reviews emergency notification systems at GateWay Community College, Gettysburg College, and UCLA. The different systems of each institution is described, along with backup capabilities and... 04/30/2011
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook for Use in the Screening of School Buildings. Augments the Federal Emergency Management Agency's publication entitled Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook (FEMA 154). It offers additional explanatory... 11/30/1994
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. FEMA 154, Edition 2. Presents a method to quickly identify, inventory, and rank buildings posing risk of death, injury, or severe curtailment in use following an earthquake. The procedure can be used by trained personnel... 02/28/2002
Reaching Out. Discusses high- and low-tech methods for campus emergency notification, illustrated with examples of how some institutions and districts use their systems, require appropriate redundancy, and craft... 06/30/2007
Ready to Respond Emergency Preparedness Plan for Early Care and Education Centers. Assists child care directors and staff in responding to emergency situations. Overall operational crisis/emergency roles and responsibilities are described, with the following situations covered: 1)... 12/31/1993
Ready to Respond: IP-Based Emergency Mass Notification. Discusses the third generation, or network-centric mass notification systems. These systems can deliver alerts to all species of communications and computing devices, as well as to traditional sirens... 08/31/2009
Ready, Set, Emergency! A four-phase emergency management plan, coupled with National Incident Management System (NIMS), is a good place to begin building an emergency management plan. Includes resources to aid you on your... 01/31/2012
Ready, Set, Respond. Reviews the rapid expansion of emergency notification systems (EMS) on higher education campuses, in response to recent high-profile shootings. Multimodal alert systems include text messaging, emails... 03/31/2008
Rebuilding Schools after the Wenchuan Earthquake: China Visits OECD, Italy and Turkey. Presents highlights from visits of Chinese officials to these countries, following this earthquake which disproportionately destroyed schools that were typically not earthquake resistant. Topics of... 05/31/2009
Recommended Emergency Supplies for Schools. Information on what emergency supplies to store, how much to budget, how much to store, and where to store supplies. Includes lists of recommended supplies for individual kits, an individual... 12/31/2002
Recovering from Tragedy Schools and universities must move forward after catastrophes to make sure students continue to learn and grow. Discusses the aftermath of tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri. 05/31/2012
Reducing Nonstructural Earthquake Damage: A Practical Guide for Schools. [Videotape] This 13-minute videotape describes the non-structural areas within a school that can be damaged and create hazards for students, teachers, and staff during and after an earthquake; and discusses... 09/11/1995
Reducing Risk: Mitigation vs. Management. Discusses mitigation of safety risk, which is typically more effective than managing incidents after they occur. Advice on risk determination, prioritizing risks to be mitigated, and effective... 05/31/2006
Reducing Vulnerability of School Children to Earthquakes. Describes the project on Reducing Vulnerability of School Children to Earthquakes that took place in four countries – Uzbekistan, Fiji, India and Indonesia. The project aimed to ensure that school... 12/31/2008

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