Most outbreaks happen in the public schools, but many people aren’t aware of the importance of outbreak training. Did you know that every school must be prepared for a bioterrorism attack or other emergency? The fact is, an outbreak could be anywhere, anytime. Therefore, a school’s response to this emergency needs to be coordinated and planned with all available resources.
First, a school needs to have a number of “schedules” ready. These schedules should include the school’s emergency response plan, emergency response teams, emergency supplies, contact information for parents, etc. So now that you know how a school can prepare for an outbreak, what do you do now?
Schools should develop a calendar or schedule of important events to occur during the next few days. It could include presentations by state and local officials, briefings from law enforcement, media interviews, school fairs, a forum on the school-to-prison pipeline, and so forth.
Schools can work with students to make sure they understand the importance of outbreak training and what to do after it happens. Also, students need to develop communication skills to let the authorities know that they are safe, get out of class when an emergency situation occurs, and create a communication plan.
Schools also need to provide food, water, and shelter for students if a bio-terrorist event occurs. And these events could include an accidental release of poisonous aerosol, exposure to hazardous chemicals, or a nuclear bomb.
After the accident, students should learn how to handle themselves by acquiring basic skills like how to respond to an incident, getting out of harm’s way, and keeping cool. Students should also be taught about emergencies and that they have a role to play in the emergency. Some schools have programs designed to help teach students how to stay calm during an incident, as well as skills they need to do that. And if an outbreak should ever happen again, schools need to make sure that every student gets an education about handling such emergencies. The most important thing is to plan for a disaster, and the very least thing a school can do is to teach its students about the importance of outbreak training. By teaching students about emergency response and the importance of outbreak training, schools are taking an important step towards preparing itself for these occurrences.