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Back to School Emergency Preparedness

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A school emergency doesn’t have to be a terrorist attack. It can be the flu spreading like wildfire through the school, it can be a tornado drill or it can be a bad ice storm that knocks out power. But no matter what kind of emergency strikes your child’s school, they should have an emergency plan.

Does your child’s school have an emergency plan in place? Have you asked? If not, find out if the school has a crisis team. You may be able to volunteer to help establish one if there isn’t one already in place.

A school crisis team should be responsible for teaching staff how to handle various disaster situations including:

  • Natural disasters
  • Severe weather
  • Fires
  • Chemical or hazardous material spills
  • Bus crashes
  • School shootings
  • Bomb threats
  • Medical emergencies
  • Student or staff deaths (suicide, homicide,
  • unintentional, or natural)
  • Acts of terror or war
  • Outbreaks of disease or infections

According to the Department of Education, each event can be handled by breaking it down into the following sequence of crisis management.

1. Mitigation/Prevention addresses what schools and districts can do to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property.

2. Preparedness focuses on the process of planning for the worst-case scenario.

3. Response is devoted to the steps to take during a crisis.

4. Recovery deals with how to restore the learning and teaching environment after a crisis.

While you may not be involved in the actual crisis management planning, it is good to ask about these things for your own peace of mind. Find out how the school will handle various situations and how parents will be notified of disasters. Also make sure each classroom has a disaster kit and each teacher knows how to use it.

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Guard Dogs for Your Family

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Is a dog part of your preparedness plan? There are many breeds that are loyal family pets that will also protect you if the need arises.

In a disaster situation where you may need to be concerned with the personal safety of your family as well as yourself, this may be just what you need.

First, you’ll need to decide if you want a guard dog or just a watch dog. Some dogs are great about announcing intruders but may not have the strength to do much in the line of protection. Terriers, Poodles, Chihuahuas and other smaller breeds are excellent watch dogs. If someone is on your property or in your home, you will know it right away when you hear your dog bark.

Guard dogs may or may not be barkers, but they will often have a natural tendency to protect their families. This protection instinct is so ingrained that they may not need anything more than basic obedience training. If they perceive a threat to their family, they will immediately try to keep their family safe.

Keep in mind, if you have a dog trained for protection purposes, you may see your home owners insurance go up or even get canceled. Carefully assess your needs and your dog’s natural tendencies before you opt for this type of training. Make sure you choose a qualified trainer if you want to teach your dog to be a protection dog.

Some of the top breeds for protection include Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and other large breed dogs. These breeds are known not only for their strength and courage, but also for their loyalty and good temperament.

This video is great because it shows how a well trained dog can behave as a protected and a loving family companion. Please note, this video does not mean we endorse this particular trainer. It is just a nice example of guard dogs for your family.

When you select a dog, make sure you talk to the breeder to learn more about the breed and its individual needs. A dog is a big responsibility, but few regret it once they bring home that new puppy to become part of the family.

Don’t forget, this new family member relies on you to take care of him. That means regular grooming, exercise and veterinary care. It also means having an emergency plan to take care of your dog during a disaster. Have a first aid kit and survival kit for your dog, and make sure you have plans to evacuate your dog with the rest of your family if needed.

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Using Social Media in Emergency Situations

Social Media and Emergency PreparednessThe role of social media in emergency preparedness is something we at Quake Kare have been following closely for the past few years. According to a recent poll by Mashable.com, 71% of people would use social media for emergency purposes. Survival victims hope to use these services for information such as the location of emergency food and water, evacuation routes, and emergency shelter locations. Click on the thumbnail of the brilliant infographic to learn more fun and interesting factoids about social media use for emergency preparedness.

As a culture, we started rely more and more on social media. In recent disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and revolution in Egypt, it has paid an important role as a method to communicate to others where they can find sanctuary. By spreading viral messages about disaster threats, emergency agencies can gather intelligence and have ongoing communication with victims.

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Taking Lessons from the Movie Take Shelter

I recently watched the movie “Take Shelter” which is about a man who decides to build an emergency storm shelter for his family. Of course, everyone thought he was paranoid. Sound familiar? I will admit that I run into my share of people who don’t believe in emergency preparedness.

Without spoiling the movie for you too much, it serves as an example to trust your instincts when it comes to emergency preparedness and never to listen to anyone who makes fun of you for taking steps to prepare your family for a disaster.

Of course, we all don’t have the resources to build an ideal storm shelter. In fact, the main character in the movie didn’t either. But we can all at least some steps to be better prepared; even if it’s only investing $100 on an emergency preparedness kit to keep in your car.

And if you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Check out the movie trailer below.

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