The importance of an emergency response plan, and premeditated crisis leadership, cannot be understated in today's rapidly changing world. Yesterday on the blog, we highlighted a few specific scenarios where premeditated crisis leadership and a strong emergency response plan saved the day when a crisis arose. But what does a strong emergency plan look like? Who is involved and what structure might it take? Although this could look different based on state and local emergency plan requirements, there are a few elements of a plan that should be universal regardless of geographic location.
If you are a new school leader, or a veteran school leader revising your plans, here are some elements to consider as you gather your team of stakeholders to review your current procedures.
Critical elements of an emergency plan
The following is a comprehensive list of what may included in a school's emergency response plan. This may vary based on state and local requirements. Be sure to reference the State Board of Education as well as your Governing Board policies when reviewing and revising any plan.
Creating a comprehensive emergency response plan is not the most glamorous of undertakings as a school leader, but it is a process that is critical to your success not if, but when an emergency occurs. Ensuring that the aforementioned elements of your plan are in place prior to the start of any school year will help you and your staff and students navigate a crisis more fluidly, even it isn't outlined step-by-step in a physical document.
Linger a Little Longer:
1. What elements of an emergency preparedness plan had you not yet considered prior to reading this article?
2. What element do you consider to be the most taxing to develop? What are some resources to help mitigate that stress?
3. What are the benefits of spending the time up front doing the monotonous work of considering your team's crisis response plans? What cons may you need to consider as well?