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March 01, 2002  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Set up an emergency response plan in case of disaster

Unexpected phenomena such as riots, strikes, tornadoes, earthquakes, snowstorms and other natural disasters can pose a threat to student transportation operations. The following recommendations can help you prepare your operation for emergencies and potentially save children from being harmed. Establish clear procedures for each specific emergency. A plan of action for a hurricane, for instance, will not help in the event of an earthquake. Secure the cooperation of local authorities and coordinate efforts. Catalog different emergencies and list areas where each might be likely. Evaluate the likelihood of different emergencies and establish lines of authority that include any cooperating agencies involved in each case. Set up communication methods with alternatives to phone, e.g. radios. Estimate personnel and equipment and the time it will take to assemble. Inform all persons involved in emergency response of all plans. Frequently review and practice your procedures. Source: National Safety Council

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