School administrators have to deal with a lot. Teacher and staff issues, pushy parents, difficult children - it can be quite a challenge to deal with everything that's on your plate.
But the last thing you need is to be distracted or unable to react quickly to an emergency weather situation - your number one priority has to be keeping the children, staff, and faculty of your school safe and secure.
Emergency weather situations are often some of the most challenging situations that school administrators find themselves dealing with, so it's essential that you have a good idea of your duties and appropriate steps to take to keep your school safe when the worst happens.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some simple tips that you can use to help keep your school safe during an emergency weather situation. Whether it's a severe thunderstorm, a hurricane, or even a tornado these tips will help you keep your head on straight, and deal with any issues you encounter in a levelheaded, professional way. Read on, and learn with us.
1. Keep An Eye On The Emergency Weather Situation - And Be Proactive
The best way to deal with an emergency weather situation is to see it coming ahead of time. The longer you have to prepare, the longer you have to ensure the safety of students, faculty, family members, and other people who may be at your school. Minutes - even seconds - are crucial.
So keep an eye on the most up-to-date severe weather warning systems. The best system to use for up-to-date information is a NOAA Weather Radio. These devices allow you to connect directly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and get up-to-the-second updates about the current situation near you. For a full list of location-specific AM frequencies, check the NOAA website.
When you are in danger, a "tone alert" will issue at 1050hz, which will be followed by warning information relevant to your location. These alerts include tropical storms/hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, and other weather patterns.
Other options include cable television like The Weather Channel, local TV news stations with access to NOAA products, and Primary Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio stations. You can also check the weather online or with smartphone applications.
Regardless of how exactly you monitor the weather, ensure that you are up-to-date on potentially dangerous supercells, thunderstorms, and other weather systems that are near your location, so that you can respond, if necessary.
2. Get The Message Out To Students, Staff, And Faculty - ASAP!
The primary method by which emergency information will be relayed to your students is like the PA (Public Address) system. However, this may not always be available to you – for example, if you have already lost power in an emergency weather situation. Therefore, it is critical that you have a backup system such as a megaphone.[click to continue...]
If you are a part of the Meals on Wheels organization, then you deserve high recognition for all of your hard work and dedication to helping the unfortunate. If you are one the committed who has taken on the responsibility of overseeing your local Meals on Wheels location, you have your work cut out for you. From organizing the drives to get the food needed, to getting it to those seniors who need it, every step in the operation depends on your vigilance to keep it running.
As part of being a nonprofit organization, you are dependent on the donations of others to keep running. Fundraising does not only involve asking for money in your case, it could also include food donations and cooking services. To effectively raise the funds and food needed, you should be making your community aware of the importance of your organization. Get testimonials from your recipients and put together a brochure that shows your operations from start to finish. This can be left behind at local businesses whose help you need.[click to continue...]
Disaster recovery should be a two part process, with the emphasis being on the first. If you focus on how to react to disasters before they occur then the second phase, recovery, will be easier. After the surprisingly harsh winter in 2013-2014, many towns and municipalities got a wake up call as to how inefficient their emergency notification systems really were.
To avoid this scenario again, get your plans in place now for how you will keep your citizens and employees safe this winter and get your town back up and running fast after a winter storm.
Before getting started on a disaster recovery plan get together with leaders in your community to assemble teams to focus on the different areas. This should include police and fire chiefs, a school board member and principals of area schools plus administrators from your local hospitals. All of them will have valuable information to share on how your community can better handle a disaster. Organize them into teams to help you create an effective and easy to execute disaster recovery plan.[click to continue...]
DialMyCalls.com offers automated weather alerts for its members to prepare for hurricane season 2013.
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will officially begin on June 1, 2013 and according to experts, it's going to be an "above average" season this year. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray, meteorologists at Colorado State University, predict 18 storms, nine of which will strengthen into hurricanes. (Source: ibtimes.com) [click to continue...]
New York declares state of emergency due to the extreme influenza outbreak throughout the state.
According to Fox New Latino, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a public health emergency as a result of the extreme outbreak of influenza in the state. The online new agency goes on to state that at least two children have died since October (2012).
Governor Cuomo stated that the flu season will not be over until May and the health epidemic is "the worst since at least 2009." According to a recent study, approximately five times the amount of flu cases have been registered in New York this season as compared to last season. (19,128 cases vs. 4, 404) That number is quite staggering which is why a system needs to be in place to alert citizens of extreme medical conditions which directly poses a threat to the entire state.[click to continue...]
Over the weekend, Pensacola, Florida was ravaged by heavy rains that caused extensive flood damage.
An estimated $20 million in damages is being reported in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Pensacola, Florida. The damage is due to a severe weather system that wreaked havoc over the weekend, causing extensive flooding. At least one person has been confirmed dead as a result of this weekend's storm in Pensacola. (Source: USA Today)[click to continue...]
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