When disaster strikes, Be Ready! Whether it's tornadoes, flooding, winter storms or an act of terrorism, emergencies can occur quickly and without warning. although we cannot prevent emergencies, we can prepare for them. Teachers and administrators need to take special care as they are responsible for the students in their care. Putting together and having on hand a crisis kit can be invaluable in times of emergency.
A building crisis kit contains helpful items for building staff and emergency responders during a crisis event in their local school. The following is a suggested list of items usually placed in a building crisis kit:
*HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
The HIPPA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and important purposes.
**FERPA = Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
A classroom crisis kit is meant to be a "grab and go" kit with helpful items for the classroom teacher, students, building staff and emergency responders during a crisis event. The following are suggested items for inclusion in a classroom crisis kit.
Information courtesy of ReadyIowa
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