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School Preparedness

Use our school emergency preparedness guide and checklist to ensure that you have the proper emergency plan, kits, and supplies to prepare your school and students for an emergency.

School Emergency Preparedness Guide

Whether you are the parent of a student, a school administrator, and/or a student yourself, you must be sure that your school has the proper emergency kits and supplies. You must realize that after a major disaster, students may be stuck at school for several days to weeks.

Use our school emergency preparedness checklist below to ensure that your school has the proper emergency preparedness kits and supplies to prepare students:

School Emergency Preparedness Supplies

Each of our school emergency preparedness kits comes with a 72 hour supply of US Coast Guard Approved emergency food and water. We offer large quantity discounts on all of our emergency kits recommended for schools.

Emergency Food

Many schools rely on their students to bring in an "earthquake kit" with "emergency food." Unfortunately, this usually consists of nothing more than some sugar-filled snacks that have a shelf-life of less than 6 months. What students and parents don't realize is that this food may already be spoiled when students need it if stranded at school in the event of a major emergency. A 3 day survival supply of emergency food is the minimum survival recommendation to keep for each student. But don't risk students getting sick from eating spoiled food or other survival food products which contain coconut oil; the last thing you want is a student to be sick or have an allergic reaction during in an emergency situation. That is why we recommend the ER Bar - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply emergency food rations.

Emergency Water

Your school also should have a gallon of water per student per day for emergency preparedness. As a minimum survival recommendation, each of our school survival kits comes with a 3-day supply of emergency drinking water which is US Coast guard approved to store safely for 5 years. However, it is important to remember that running water may not be available or safe to drink after a disaster. 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.

Emergency Shelter Supplies

There is a possibility that your schools building(s) may be unsafe to occupy after a major disaster. Since students mat be forced to stay overnight and outside at school for several days if not weeks, our emergency school survival kits also come with the emergency shelter supplies to protect your school staff and students from the elements. These supplies include emergency thermal blankets and emergency rain ponchos which offer protection from harsh weather conditions. Additional recommended emergency school shelter supplies include to help protect students from extreme weather include a canopy shelter, body warmer pads, and tube tents.

Emergency Lights

After a disaster, 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 emergency 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 am/fm solar and hand crank radio with lantern light 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. Don't forget batteries...save yourself money and trouble in replacing batteries by purchasing our Code Red Batteries that have an amazing 20-year shelf life.

Emergency Radios

In the event of an emergency 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 am/fm solar and hand crank powered 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.

Emergency First Aid Kits

In a major disaster 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 emergency preparedness.

Emergency Search & Rescue Supplies

Collapsed structures such as your school's buildings could trap students inside if the building suffers damage during a disaster. 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 emergency 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.

Emergency Sanitation Supplies

Your school must consider the fact that plumbing will likely be unavailable after a major disaster. 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.

The ER Save-a-Life School Fundraiser

Earn 10% of all emergency kits and supplies sold by your school. This program is an exciting new way to help raise funds for your school while helping making your community prepared for an emergency.

Earn a 10% return in the form of a check or a 20% credit on emergency supply orders that your school generates through:

Order Forms - Upon signing up, your school will receive Fundraiser Product Flyers and Order Forms to distribute to your students. Students fill out order forms, collect checks, and receive an item on the prize sheet (contact us for latest prize sheet). Your school receives a percentage of all sales.

Web Orders - Upon signing up, your school will be assigned a 5 digit code that supporters of your fundraiser can enter upon checkout. Your school will receive a percentage of all sales from customers who enter your code upon checkout.

Phone Orders - Supporters can also provide your school's 5 digit code to customer service representatives when placing a phone order using our toll free number - 1-800-2-PREPARE. Your school will receive a percentage of all sales from customers who provide this code when placing their order.

Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up your school.
  2. Collect order and checks.
  3. Fill out order form and child prize selections.
  4. Return the complete order form and check for total amount.
  5. HASSLE FREE...We do all the fulfillment. All orders are sent to addresses provided within 30 days from the end of the fundraiser.

Your school can be proud to announce a new fundraiser that:

  • DOES NOT just help the dentist like selling candy bars.
  • DOES NOT teach our children to eat the wrong foods like bake sales.
  • DOES teach our children the valuable lesson of helping our community!
  • DOES help our nation BE PREPARED!

Click SIGN UP below and tell us about your school so we can get your program started.

Risk Reduction Measures

Did you know that your school may be liable for the safety of its students in the event of an emergency. Learn about the laws and what you can do to limit the risk to your school.

School Risk Reduction Services

To assist those who live in California with their earthquake fastening needs, we advise that they Contact Secure-It a General Contracting Firm (fully licensed & bonded) that provides seismic consultation and services. To contact Secure-it call 1-805-522-3333 or you can visit their web site at www.secureitconsultants.com. Ask the experts! Have it done right the first time!

About Risk Reduction at School

Your school has the legal obligation to ensure that the school environment is free of hazards to students. This includes items that may become dangerous during and after a disaster. School buildings, equipment, and furniture can trap, harm, and kill students .Please follow our earthquake risk reduction guide for your school which contains helpful tips on ways to secure your school for an emergency.

Every business should be prepared to cope with the hazards and disasters of today's complex world. Earthquakes pose a constant threat. They are unpredictable and strike without warning.

This was driven home with the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The area around Northridge is mostly residential, and the percentage of large corporations located there is relatively small. Of these corporations, many sustained heavy damage. What if the epicenter had occurred directly below an area densely populated with corporations such as downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle? Is your company prepared for such an event? Will your employees, equipment, and assets survive? Are shareholders protected?

Failure to maintain standards of protection opens managers and officers to personal liability if losses or injuries occur because of their failure to act. Corporate mangers and officers are expected to perform within the duty of good faith. This is done by doing things known to be right. Conversely, knowingly doing the wrong thing is a violation of good faith. Knowing of risks associated with a damaging earthquake, and doing nothing to prevent these risks, would construe an act of bad faith.

There is no legal defense under the claim that an earthquake is an "act of God" if the fact is that earthquakes are known to occur in your area and therefore they are a "foreseeable dangerous condition". Damage and/or injury resulting from an earthquake striking your work site is foreseeable and therefore a liability that can be the result of an act of bad faith.

An administrator's lack of necessary responsibility constitutes an act of bad faith to that employee. Earthquakes are known to cause injuries. Employees are likely to need essential emergency provisions. If these are not available and injury or death occurs, the employee may now sue the employer for failing to protect him from this known hazard. Your company could likely be held liable for his injuries and the damages he seeks. Earthquakes are so expected that insurance companies no longer consider them an Act of God. They are a foreseeable dangerous condition. Earthquake preparedness information is readily available through the American Red Cross, the phone book, etc. Doing nothing is an act of bad faith. Pleading ignorance to earthquakes is not acceptable. Managers that fail to take risk reducing measures are personally and legally liable to both employees as well as shareholders. Therefore, companies must take all precautions to make their facilities as safe as possible for their employees or face legal lawsuits from resulting injury or death following the occurrence of an earthquake.

Corporations are perhaps the most vulnerable to earthquakes. It is agreed that the death toll in Northridge would have been substantially higher had it occurred during normal business hours when offices, malls, and parking structures were filled. The possibility of the next quake occurring while people are on the job is great.

What steps the corporation chooses in caring for these employees, and reducing their risks, may determine whether or not this corporation survives the next catastrophic event. The recommended strategy to protect oneself from the liability game is to call our corporation, QUAKE KARE, Inc. to assist you in developing a disaster preparedness plan. We will assist you in identifying your potential risks and offer our complimentary analysis of your specific recommended emergency preparedness needs. Document these specific risks. Make recommendations to purchase these critical supplies and mitigate them. Forward the study to the next level of management. This demonstrates steps taken to reduce your risk, and puts the burden on the next level of management, should they refuse to act on your recommendations. Documentation is the best preparation in such an environment.

Earthquakes and other natural disasters strike suddenly and destructively and can kill or injure your employees, damage structures and equipment, and interrupt or terminate business operations. Yet, injuries and damage can be reduced or avoided entirely if appropriate preparedness measures are taken. An effective emergency preparedness plan can keep your business in business after a disaster. Here are a few steps prudent businesses can take:

  • Sign up for our Employee Safety Fair / Discount Purchase Program
  • Employee safety and basic survival supplies.
  • Emergency operating procedures.
  • Emergency financial procedures.
  • Procedures for handling data processing systems.
  • Procedures for storing, securing, and retrieving vital records. Emergency communications systems.
  • Emergency transportation systems.
  • Alternative office facilities.
  • Methods for networking with federal, state, and local emergency services agencies organizations.
  • Ongoing training, testing, and maintenance (for help, contact your city or county Office of Emergency Services.)
  • Consult local building codes to ensure that your building meets current seismic safety standards.
  • Conduct drills to ensure that your company's earthquake plan is effective. Revise plan as necessary.
  • If your business is in a high-rise building, educate your employees about what to expect during an earthquake. Lower floors will shake rapidly during a major earthquake, much life low-rise buildings. On upper floors, movement will be slower, but the building will move farther from side to side. Secure and anchor equipment and furniture, including bookshelves, cabinets, computers, and typewriters.
  • Hold workshops or host 'brown bag' seminars during the lunch hour on earth- quake preparedness topics, such as safety techniques, first aid and CPR, evacuation and damage assessment.
  • Practice reaction to possible disaster scenarios. Include articles on the importance of workplace and home preparedness in employee newsletters.
  • Prepare special bulletins and handouts for employees on preparing at work and at home.
  • Develop a business recovery plan on how to restore your business after a quake.
  • Conduct a 'hazard hunt' to find potential dangers in your business setting.
  • Obtain agreements with vendors and customers for post-earthquake operations.
  • Develop an inventory of critical supplies and equipment