Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
Posted on 09/26/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Emergency PreparednessAs a parent you want to know that your public schools are prepared for emergencies and ready to do whatever it takes to keep your child
safe. You also want to know what you can do in case of an emergency.

Since the 2005 award of the Federal Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant, Santa Cruz County Office of Education has taken the lead in coordinating countywide school safety efforts. We collaborate with all school districts to ensure school sites have the most up-to-date emergency plans, aligned with all county, state and federal regulations.

To assist in these ongoing efforts, we facilitate the County Safe School Consortia, comprised of local fire and law enforcement agencies, Office of Emergency Services Health Services Agency, Red Cross, Emergency Communications Center (911), and representatives from the county’s 10 school districts. Its goal is to ensure that the vulnerability and needs of all school sites are addressed and that school personnel are prepared to respond to a wide range of natural and man-made threats that could jeopardize our children.

Procedures are in place for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for the breadth of man-made, natural, environmental and health emergencies that could possibly impact our community and local schools. We urge you as a parent to review this brochure, clip and save the emergency information on the far right flap, and contact us if you have questions. When we’re prepared, our children are safer.