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Disaster and emergency preparedness: guidance for schools

Source(s):  International Finance Corporation (IFC)

This handbook for school administrators, school personnel, and involved parents and disaster managers addresses School Disaster Management for both K-12 and universities, in the context of comprehensive school safety. Addenda provide several checklists to guide the process.

Contents includes:

1. Assessment & Planning
A. Establish or Empower Your School Disaster Management Committee
B. Assessing Risks, Hazards, Vulnerabilities & Capacities
C. Contingency Planning for Educational Continuity
D. Communicating Your Plan

2. Physical and Environmental Protection
A. Structural Safety Maintenance
B. Non-Structural Safety
C. Local Infrastructure and Environmental Safety

3. Response Capacity Development
A. Standard Operating Procedures
B. Response Skills and Organization
C. Response Provisions

4. Practicing, Monitoring, and Improving
A. Hold Simulation Drills to Practice, Reflect Upon, and Update your Plan
B. Monitor Indicators for School Disaster Management

Appendices include forms for Comprehensive School Safety; School Disaster Readiness and Resilience Checklist; Risk Assessment Matrix; School Building Safety Checklist; Family Disaster Plan; Drill Scenarios; Drill Preparedness Checklists; Class Status Report Form; Student-Family Reunification Form; Emergency Provisions Checklists.


Format Printed documents
Number of pages/running time 32

Target audiences


Group: Trainers/Teachers/Facilitators


Group: Adults

Sub-group: Disaster managers

Educational usage

reading level Educational (post-secondary reading level)
educational usage Curricular/Formal  •  Extra-curricular/Informal
Curricular Disaster Management

Additional information

Published in United States of America

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  • Title in Original Language Disaster and emergency preparedness guidance for schools
  • Year of publication 2010
  • Author(s) International Finance Corporation
  • Language(s) English
  • Price Unknown

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