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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources for K-12 Schools

Below are links to disaster preparedness and recovery information for K-12 school that can apply to many different disaster situations. 

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Preparedness Tips for School Administrators
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Information for school administrators and leadership when considering youth and disaster preparedness in their districts.

Planning and Preparing for Emergencies at Schools and Childcare Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Steps to keep your schools and childcare centers safer.

A Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Recommendations for planning teams responsible for developing and revising school Emergency Operations Plan.

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities
U.S. Department of Education
Guidance to schools, districts, and communities about the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, crisis preparedness process, and examples of promising practices.

Preparing Your School for a Crisis
U.S. Department of Education
General guidance that can be adapted as appropriate to each district's or school's circumstances.
Practice Information on Crisis Planning Brochure 
Complete Crisis Planning Guide for Schools and Communities

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Health and safety recommendations to prepare and recover from natural disasters and severe weather.

Wildfires and Schools
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Factsheet about wildfires and schools. Exit

Cleanup: Bringing Children Back to Flood-stricken Areas Safely
Health and Human Services (HHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
In December 2012, as part of the recovery following Superstorm Sandy, the Administration for Children and Families partnered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and held an audio conference call offering guidance on returning children to storm-impacted facilities.

Post-disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach
Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Post-disaster reunification processes and procedures.

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Create Safe School Climates
Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education
Suggestions for developing a threat assessment team, within a school or school district, planning steps to take when a threat or other information of concern comes to light, considering when to involve law enforcement personnel, resolving issues of information sharing and sharing ideas for creating safe school climates.

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Training

Active Shooter Preparedness Program
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Active Shooter Preparedness (e.g., courses, materials and workshops) for stakeholders, including the academic community. Features a webinar for security officers at K-12 schools, offering guidance on conducting security assessments of school facilities.

Helpful Educational Materials for Teachers

Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum for fourth- and fifth-graders in an easy, ready-to-teach format.

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum- Ready Kids
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Emergency preparedness curriculum for grades 1-12 that teach kids what to do before, during, and after an emergency while fostering critical 21st-century skills such as problem solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication.

Hurricane Educational Links
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Educational tools about hurricanes (including posters, visualizations/graphics and classroom activities).

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Disaster-specific resources including earthquakes, epidemics, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis.

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