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Your School Emergency
Response Plan


Once programmed, your radio can be an important part of your school emergency response and crisis management plan. Developing protocols and policies to be implemented in the event of an emergency is one of the most important steps in the crisis planning process. Once these protocols are developed, it is important that they be shared with the entire school community, including faculty, parents, and students, to ensure that all are familiar with their role and expectations before a disaster strikes. To help optimize the radio’s effectiveness at your school, please consider the following recommendations:

  • Conduct an assessment of potential hazards in your area.You may wish to review the FEMA Web site for past natural disasters that have occurred in your area.

  • Place the radio in a central location with continuous monitoring. Some schools keep the radio in the front office since this area is usually staffed throughout the school day.

  • Provide training for school staff on the significance of various alerts and the procedures to be taken if the alarm goes off. Appropriate response to crises and emergencies can mean the difference between life and death. Ensuring that all school staff know what to do in the event of an emergency can reduce injuries and potential property loss.

  • Contact your local Citizen Corps Council to learn about age appropriate student education, training, and volunteer opportunities in all-hazards preparedness, mitigation, and response skills. Citizen Corps is the DHS/FEMA community-based program to actively involve everyone in making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared. To find the Council nearest you, go to

  • Through Citizen Corps, coordinate with local emergency management, law enforcement, fire, public health professionals and other community leaders to help your school prepare in advance for the important steps staff should take in the event an emergency is announced over the radio.

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