Make A Plan
Student Disaster Release Procedures
Students will only be released to designated emergency contacts. Photo ID is required.
SUGGESTION: Review these procedures with your students and your designated guardians, emergency contacts. You may wish to give your school a longer list of emergency contacts authorized specifically for district-wide emergencies. For example, neighbors and parents of school friends. Be sure your contacts know how to reach you via phone/text/email
Kid's - Youth
Many Thanks to Dan Good, Snohomish County Emergency Management. He suggests parents of elementary age children put a small kit in every child's backpack, only to be opened during an emergency. It would include:
Sample Comfort Letters:
Dear _____________, Since you are reading this letter, there must have been an emergency while you were at school. Emergencies can be scary. The good thing is that they usually don’t last very long. Things will get better. Please try to be brave, and even helpful if you can. We are trying to get to you as soon as we can. Please be patient and remember that we love you and are thinking of you. Love, _____________
Dear _____________, We love you very much and want you to know that this is a time to be brave and helpful. Please don’t worry about your family. We know that you will be safe at school. We will all be making the safest choices wherever we are, and someone will be there to pick you up as soon as possible. In the meantime, stay calm and follow the directions you are given. Love, ____________
You can help by preparing a simple emergency card for your student in their backpack that includes: Their name, month/year of birth (for medication dispensing), address, parent’s name/phone (home/cell), allergies, medical conditions, and if he or she wears contact lenses. For the student’s own benefit, you may wish to include your cell and work phone numbers, as well as your family’s out-of-state contact person’s name and phone numbers.
The Disaster Resistant Communities Group was established to provide a host of disaster planning and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation services to local, regional, state and national agencies and departments as well as community and faith based organizations.
Remember: In a disaster, your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you. Take action today. Become involved in community preparedness groups.
You learn to be self-reliant as a neighborhood, to organize effectively and to help neighbors in need, so the community's emergency responders can attend to the large rescues and the ongoing restoration of services. Knowing our neighbors has a multiplying effect
FEMA-based curriculum designed to teach adults of all ages and abilities how to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors during a disaster when police, fire, and medical services are overwhelmed.
CERT Training teaches you to:
Go Bag, Bug Out Bag, 72 Hour Comfort Kit... no matter what you call it, everyone should have a portable cache of supplies ready to take with them in case of unexpected evacuation.
Keeping everyone connected when disaster strikes is a key component at the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. How would you make sure everyone is safe? To avoid trouble with land lines, establish a pre-arranged contact out of state. If someone is trying to call home in the disaster zone, the call may not go through. Use text messages.
1 Gallon of Water per Person per Day. Observe the expiration date for store-bought water. Replace non-store bought water every 6 months
All foods have a limited shelf-life, no matter how they are stored or preserved. It is imperative that you have a plan for rotating your food stash to keep it fresh. 2 weeks supply!
Locate the generator outside of your home and garage. Carbon monoxide kills.
Medical - First Aid
The family can take a first aid course together and have fun. Stop the Bleed is a necessary training course.
Pets are not allowed in most emergency shelters. Do you have a plan to feed and care for your animals after an earthquake?