School and district emergencies are not only frightening, but can also be extremely overwhelming for administrators. Administrators have responsibilities to keep their students and staff safe, make sure parents and others stay informed, and maintain the brand and reputation of their school or district. Things can quickly get out of control if you aren't prepared, and emotions can run high when the safety of staff and students is on the line.
We’ve put together a resource to help you create an effective emergency response plan. Here are the top 6 things you should do to be prepared for an emergency in your school or district with input from Joe Donovan, President of The Donovan Group and expert in crisis prevention and response for K-12 schools and districts.
1. Admit Your Shortfalls
As in any process, the hardest, but most important step is the first one - admitting your shortfalls. “That's really the most important thing, because it's difficult – especially for someone who has been a school leader or a school district leader in a district for some time – to admit that,” says Donovan. Before you take any other action, sit down with your team and take a frank, honest look at the way you’re currently doing things. If you think you’ll have trouble with this, then ask an unbiased third party to do it instead.