Involve families. To ensure that children are reunited with their parents or guardians accurately and quickly after a natural disaster, districts and schools should incorporate post-disaster reunification into their emergency management planning efforts. Information can be sent to families about evacuation zones and sites. Schools can share post-disaster reunification resources through handouts, emails, and websites. Specific details such as creating the resources in alternate languages and providing information about how the school will accommodate students with disabilities should be considered. Schools also should collaborate with first responders and community partners about post-disaster procedures to ensure the most successful results. There are several federal websites available that provide resources to your school to help with the reunification planning and process.
Conduct Practice Drills. It is always a good idea to run through your safety plans and to include the parents and community. In Texas, the City of Corpus Christi is holding drills to prepare for hurricane season. To ensure residents know the proper steps to take in an emergency, the city is working with local organizations, transit, emergency management and the school district. Volunteers will act as evacuees needing transportation to safe locations throughout the state. After going through the process, the city can update and improve their plans accordingly.
Your school can coordinate all of the above measures with a digital emergency communications platform, such as CrisisGo’s Safety iResponse. This platform can help you to reduce disruption to your daily routine after a natural disaster by giving you easy access to up-to-date data and safety plans. All of your safety team members can access the information, and you can have two-way communication with first responders. With the proper knowledge and disaster preparedness, we can save lives throughout any natural disaster.