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School Earthquake Preparedness Checklist
Our earthquake preparedness kits are recommended for each classroom as each one contains all the emergency food, water, shelter, first aid, lighting, and communication supplies necessary for school earthquake preparedness. Your school has the obligation to ensure that students have adequate earthquake supplies and this school earthquake survival kit is a great way to protect each of your students classrooms. Our Economy Student Earthquake Survival Kit supports 1 person for 3 days.
It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that their school has at least a 3 day supply of emergency food for each student. This food should not require any cooking or preparation and should be non-thirst provoking. That is why our school earthquake preparedness kits come with ER Bars - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply survival food rations. A 3 day supply is the minimum survival recommendation as a week supply of emergency food per student is recommended.
Your school should also keep a minimum of a 3 day supply of emergency water per employee. But don't waste school money storing bottled water when it only stores safely for 6 months. Our school earthquake kits come with Aqua Blox - 3 day supply of emergency drinking water which is US Coast guard approved to store safely for 5 years. However, it is also important to remember that ideally you should have a gallon of water per employee for earthquake preparedness because running water will likely be unavailable or unsafe. The cheapest and easiest way to prepare to have enough water for drinking and sanitation is to have water purification and storage supplies such as water purification tablets and 50 gallon water storage barrels.
There is a possibility that your school building(s) may be unsafe to occupy after a major earhquake. Because students and faculty mat be forced to stay overnight and outside at school for several days if not weeks, our earthquake survival kits also come with the emergency shelter supplies to protect student from the elements. These supplies include space blankets and emergency rain ponchos which offer protection from harsh weather conditions. Additional recommended emergency school shelter supplies to help protect students and faculty from extreme weather include a canopy shelter, body warmer pads, and tube tents.
After an earthquake, your students may be stuck at school without any electricity. This can obviously be a dangerous situation in and of itself. When you add dangerous debris lurking in the dark, you can quickly realize why it is so important to have emergency lights for you students at school. Storing a few flashlights and batteries in your school's earthquake preparedness kit is not enough. Batteries have limitations such as their limited shelf-life and the fact they only last a few hours. That is why we recommend that each classroom has at least one solar and hand crank powered radio plus flashlight which never needs batteries. We also recommend supplying each student with one of our 12 hour emergency lightsticks which have a 5-year shelf-life. We also recommend each classroom stores a a fluorescent lantern for additional lighting capabilities.
In the event of an earthquake while students are in school, there is a chance that the faculty and students will have to evacuate the school and travel to a safe location. Because electricity will likely be out, the faculty members need to have emergency radios for listening to emergency broadcasts in order to know where to go for safety. Due to the limitations of battery use, we recommend the solar and hand-crank radio with lantern light which never needs batteries. Regular battery operated emergency radios have many limitations because the batteries only last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around only 6 months.
In the event of a major earthquake at school, many students may become injured as they evacuate the building or campus due to the amount of dangerous debris. That is why schools need to keep comprehensive emergency first aid kits that can easily be mobilized to safety. We recommend the Trauma Central Supply Kit which contains the appropriate supplies to treat up to 75 people for injuries and is ideally suited for school earthquake preparedness.
Collapsed structures such as your school's buildings could trap students inside if the building suffers damage during an earthquake. There will also likely be broken glass and dangerous debris that you will have to deal with when evacuating students to a safe area. That is why your school need to have earthquake preparedness kits in each classroom that include the appropriate emergency search and rescue supplies. These kits should include an emergency pry/crow bar to open jammed windows and doors following structural damages to buildings. For setting up camp or shelter for evacuated students, kits should also include vinyl rope and duct tape. School emergency preparedness kits should also contain leather-palmed work gloves, vinyl gloves, and dust masks for protection from dangerous debris.
Your school must consider the fact that plumbing will likely be unavailable after a major earthquake. Schools need to have the proper emergency sanitation supplies for maintaining proper sanitary health conditions. Remember that students and faculty may be forced to stay outdoors in close proximity to one another. That is why for each classroom we recommend having a bucket-style portable toilet or portable folding toilet with sanitation accessory such as toilet bags, toilet chemicals, and tissue packs.