Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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These recommendations are designed to provide a template
rather than specific action plans. What is most important in the development of
school emergency plans is the understanding that a "one size fits all" plan
will not work; schools should instead adapt basic guidelines for their own
The creation of school-based emergency plans, along with
their implementation, can be costly. The cost for implementation, though,
should not be borne by the school/school district but rather by local, State,
or Federal resources designated specifically for school-based disaster
planning. Federal grants are available to school districts to help develop and
implement all-hazards approach school emergency response plans.
The overwhelming majority of children remain critically
vulnerable to the consequences of a large-scale disaster that occurs while they
are in school. Our findings demonstrate many opportunities for improvement that
will help to assure that students remain safe and that they will be quickly
reunited with their families. The Nation's schools completely carry this
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