It is the responsibility of the school district to plan for the safety and welfare of the students in its charge. To begin developing a model plan for your school district, start by considering the following list of suggestions.

  1. Establish an Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee.
  2. Develop district policies and procedures for:
    • Lines of authority in an emergency.
    • School closure following a disaster.
    • Release of students to parents or guardian
    • Public information and media coordination.
    • Nearest fire station
  3. Establish district wide and individual Emergency Operations Plan (Education Code 35295, 35296, 35297).
  4. Identify overlapping city/county service jurisdictions.
  5. Identify emergency resources in your immediate area (e.g., medical facilities, commercial food outlets, parent volunteers).
  6. Develop an emergency notification procedures telephone number chart.
  7. Establish a commitment for disaster preparedness funding from your local school board.
  8. Purchase and store emergency medical supplies.
  9. Purchase and store emergency water.
  10. Purchase and store emergency food.
  11. Purchase and store light rescue equipment.
  12. Establish a communications system and purchase emergency radio communication equipment.
  13. Provide emergency power (generator) for the school district incident command center.
  14. Establish working relations with city, county, and local Red Cross agencies.
  15. Plan and practice emergency drills.