Disasters come in many forms, can occur anywhere at any time and run the gambit from natural causes such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and severe storms to man-made causes such as an active shooter and chemical spills. Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis can go a long way to keeping you and your students out of harm’s way. Whether in day care, K-12 or a college/university, school emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans help to keep students and staff safe.
At Cal OES, our goal is to provide you with direct and easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout California and the nation. We hope you find the information provided below as a valuable tool in planning for, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency or disaster.
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." Malcolm X Getting California schools and our next generation of emergency managers educated on the risks and prepared for the next natural disaster is one of our our goals. Schools can take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of Emergency Operations Plan. Below are some resources that will assist school administrations to develop their emergency plans.
The vast majority of California’s students will complete their schooling without ever being touched by violence. Nevertheless, school attacks by students or intruders have shaken the image of our schools as being a reliably safe and secure environment.
Here are resources to assist you with how to prepare for the unthinkable.
School Facilities Vulnerability Assessment
Cal OES Active Shooter Guidebook
2010 Report on Campus Attacks
FEMA's Teen CERT program teaches:
Watch the video that shows Rocklin's Maria Montessori Charter Academy Teen CERT in action.