Aug. 27: Guide on Emergency Preparedness in Schools Released

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The Ministry of Education released its new Emergency Management Planning Guide, which is the first comprehensive document for dealing with natural disasters, human-caused events, and technological and biological hazards in schools. It takes an all-hazards approach, focusing on a five basic responses: drop-cover-hold on, evacuate, lockdown, lockout and shelter in place. The guide also defines the roles and responsibilities for public and independent school teachers, students, parents, principals and superintendents and spells out a 10-step process for developing a school emergency management plan.