K-12 Schools: How to Prepare for Emergencies

Information for school administrators and staff members

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Parents, caregivers, legal guardians, and families: You can use this page to guide questions to ask your child’s school about how they are preparing for emergencies. To learn how you can prepare your family for an emergency, visit the Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones, Caring for Your Children in a Disaster, and Ready Kids pages. CDC also offers disaster resources for kids and families.

Key Points
  • Schools have a responsibility to protect students and staff members before, during, and after emergencies.
  • Schools can prepare for emergencies by developing an emergency operations plan in collaboration with local organizations, conducting practice exercises, and taking steps to integrate preparedness into daily activities.
  • There are many types of emergencies and threats that can affect schools.

Resources for Educators