It’s time for a plan – a safety plan. Do you have one in place? Does it need to be tested, reviewed and updated?
Safety plans should be reviewed annually and updated every three years, at a minimum. Drills and tabletop exercises can point to areas that may need to be tweaked. What sounds good on paper doesn’t always play out that way in reality. Better to find out now that your protocols need adjusting, than during an actual emergency.
If you have decided that it’s time for an updated school safety plan:
There are many resources to help you. Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) provides a wealth of resources to get you started. This past summer, I attended the REMS training of trainers along with several facilitators from the Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center. Any of us can work with you to help you test and improve your safety plan.
September is National Preparedness Month and school is now underway. What better time to make your school safety plan the best it can be?