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6 Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for a School Emergency


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.

Listen to Joe Donovan's full podcast interview on iTunes 

 

 
 

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.

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Topics: school notification, InformaCast, InformaCast Advanced Notification, K-12, Emergency Notification, Joe Donovan

How Schools Use InformaCast M2M for Protecting People

describe the imageSchool security is a complex issue and presents a unique challenge for administrators and staff. It is important to keep staff and students safe, while not causing unnecessary distress to students. Here are a couple of creative ways real schools are using the InformaCast M2M plugin to improve their security.   

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Topics: campus emergency, Machine-to-Machine, school notification, InformaCast, Plugins, K-12, M2M

Redlands Unified School District Uses InformaCast In Earthquake Preparedness Event

iStock 000018008010SmallOn October 18th, over 10.6 million registrants – including thousands of schools – will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. The annual event allows people to practice and get comfortable with emergency response procedures for earthquakes.

Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) in Redlands, California, participates in the event each year using their InformaCast system. RUSD sets up a pre-recorded message to broadcast an alert across phones and speakers. Students who participate learn to recognize InformaCast alerts that will give them important safety information in the event of an emergency.

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Topics: school notification, Redlands, InformaCast, CAP, Weather Notification

Learn How Your School Can Be More Safe with InformaCast

It’s that time of year again. Bright yellow school buses dot the morning commute, backpack-laden children walk the sidewalks, and the smell of newly-sharpened pencils is in the air.

The start of a new school year can seem as sure and predictable as the change from summer heat to autumn leaves. It is important to realize, however, that even normal situations can quickly turn into emergencies. Being prepared for whatever may arise is extremely important for the safety and well-being of students and staff.     

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Topics: school notification, Redlands, Uplift Education, InformaCast, K-12, School Bell Software, Overhead Paging, Emergency Notification

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