Preparing Your School in 3 Steps

With over 50 million students enrolled in preK through grade 12 across the US, on campus each day for upwards of 6-7 hours (source: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics) it's obvious how vital it is for families, faculty, and communities to prepare their schools.

Prepare Your school in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Review Supplies

Ready.gov and other government agencies have general lists of supplies each school should have. Below is a checklist compiled from the recommendations of multiple agencies and preparedness institutions, you can also download this checklist as a free PDF.

Essentials

Clipboard with:

List of classroom students (and photo).

List of students with special needs and description of needs (i.e. medical issues, prescription medicines, dietary needs), marked confidential

List of emergency procedures

First aid supplies

First aid instruction manual

Medical gloves

Food

Water

Battery-powered flashlight

Batteries

Blankets

Sanitary items (towelettes & toilet paper)

Work gloves

Breathing masks

Fire extinguishers

Further Supplies to Consider

Student activities

Plastic sheeting

Duct tape

Whistle & hat(or other identifier) for teacher

Hand Sanitizer

Communication devices (two-way radios, satellite radios, cell phones, chargers and weather radio)

Bucket

Can opener

Plastic bags (garbage bags, plastic liners etc.)

Portable Toilet Sets

Work Gloves

Go Kit

According to the recommendation of Ready.gov all classrooms should have a “go kit” in the event of an emergency evacuation. Supplies to consider packing in a Go Kit are:

Clipboard with: List of classroom students. List of students with special needs and description of needs

List of school emergency procedures

First aid kit with instructions

Student activities (such as playingcards, checkers, inflatable ball)

Recommendations Based on Natural Disaster

Earthquakes

Sturdy Shoes

Work Gloves

Garden Hose

Knife

Fire Extinguisher

Ax

Shovel

Tools; i.e. screwdriver, pliers, hammer, adjustable wrench

Strong Rope

Whistle / Emergency Signaling Device

Hard Hat

N95 Mask

Safety Goggles

Wall Fasteners

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Tool to shut off utilities (not all houses will need this)

Hurricanes / Severe Weather / Flooding

Sturdy Shoes

Work Gloves

Rubber Gloves

Sand Bags

Storm Shutters / Wood, Nails, and a Hammer

Rain Gear

Towels

Weather Band Radio

Fire Extinguisher

Power Generator

Insect Repellant

Whistle / Emergency Signaling Device

Wall Fasteners

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Tool to shut off utilities (not all houses will need this)

Tornado

Sturdy Shoes

Wood, Nails, and a Hammer / Storm Shutters

Weather Band Radio

Wall Fasteners

Whistle / Emergency Signaling Device

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Tool to shut off utilities (not all houses will need this)

Wildfire

Sturdy Shoes

N95 Mask

Tool to shut off utilities (not all houses will need this)

Winter Storms

Ice Scraper

Shovel

Tire Chains

Tow Rope

Kitty Litter or Sand

Jumper Cables

Whistle / Emergency Signaling Device

Waterproof Matches

Winter Clothes

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Tool to shut off utilities (not all houses will need this)

Step 2: Gather Supplies and Build your Go Kit

While government agencies advise schools to have a number of preparedness supplies, they strongly recommend each classroom at the very least have a “Go Kit”. Start by using the checklist above to build a Go Kit for every classroom, and then build your schools supply from there.

Step 3: Make a Plan

Your school should already have an emergency plan, but if not it is imperative that one is created. FEMA has a guide, “Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plan” available for free on their website, if your school does not have an existing plan you can use this as a starting point.