An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
School crisis response plans come in a variety of formats. Although the structure may vary, the content must include the essentials for the plan to be usable and effective. A basic school-based crisis response plan has seven key elements: organizing structure, communications system, accountability system, parent/student reunification, alternative location, equipment and supplies, and aftermath/recovery plan.
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Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson
Dr. Mary Schoenfeldt is an emergency management professional with a specialty in school and community crisis. She was tasked with creating the job description and filling the job of director of recovery for a school district following a mass murder suicide in a high school cafeteria. Her experience includes assisting schools such as Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary, and many others over the years as they struggled to not only respond but to recovery from incidents no one imagined would happen to them. She has also trained and consulted with hundreds of schools that have not made the front-page headlines. She is available to assist other communities and school systems. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org