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Emergency Preparedness for Schools and Students
Your school is the heart of your community. Is it ready to weather the storm?.
School preparedness has two facets, emergency planning for the school itself, and educating kids about hazards and emergency planning.
Get thinking about school emergency planning and then get started
- Maine School Security Guide: Twenty Simple Strategies to Safer and More Effective Maine Schools. A guide developed by Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International that provides school officials with practical and no-cost and low-cost security evidence and research-based strategies.
- Maine School Security Report Excerpts. A report directed by the Maine Legislature that presents results of a statewide school security assessment and some recommendations on how to improve school security.
- Maine Statutory Requirement for School Emergency Planning (Title 20-A MRSA §1001 ¶ 16. Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan)
- Our comprehensive library of planning resources
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Get students thinking about emergency preparedness
- Resources for educators from FEMA Ready Kids: Curriculum and games for elementary and high school students.
- Preparedness education from the American Red Cross: Programs for students from K through 12.
- Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP). This one hour lesson with several other optional lessons is designed for 5th grade students. Lessons meet Maine learning standards and promote a culture of preparedness at school, at home and throughout the community.
- National Youth Preparedness Strategy: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross, and the Department of Education have collaborated on a "National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience." including tips for starting an education program and curriculum resources.