Creating Safe Environments During Financial Crisis
Virtually every week, a school somewhere in our country becomes the victim of a significant crisis that requires a large-scale response on the part of school officials and community partners. Too many of these schools are unprepared to handle such emergencies, which can result in serious consequences. There have been no shortage of incidents that serve to remind one that disaster can strike anywhere and at any time. Unfortunately, educators tend to forget about the necessity of emergency preparedness. This is partly due to the lacking coverage media outlets have given smaller-scale disasters involving only a handful of victims. However, for well-informed educators, there is an awareness that a disaster striking their facility is not a question of if but a question of when.
For most school officials and seasoned educators, the topic of emergency preparedness is as complicated as it is intimidating. “Where do we begin?”; “How much is enough?”; and, “Can we afford this?” are the common questions. These questions can only be answered after a level of familiarity with the individual school or district is developed. This is the primary reason why boilerplate manuals, checklists and even books on the topic are largely ineffective, as they do not take into account the schools unique climate, facilities and population.
Even on a limited budget, there are several basic steps school officials can take in their efforts toward creating a safe learning environment.
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