1

How prepared is your school for a disaster?

I met recently with Lorraine Rosenblatt, a Skyline parent and Red Cross volunteer who says she’s pushed for answers about her school’s emergency plans for three years — and that she’s gotten the runaround the whole way.

“There’s a total lack of interest,” she said. “Everybody wants to push this issue off to somebody else.”

I’ve also heard concerns from special education parents in the past about plans for children with special needs — those who take prescription meds, for example, or who are hearing impaired — in the event of an earthquake or other natural or man-made disaster during school hours. 

State law requires that schools have annually updated comprehensive safety plans, but whether staff and students are clear about (or have practiced) the plan is another question. The Hayward Fault runs through Oakland, so it’s not as if a major quake is a remote possibility.

At your school, how many staff are trained to administer First Aid and CPR? How many earthquake and fire drills have been conducted this year? 

Is each teacher clear on the classroom’s safety plan? If not, why?

image from VintFalken’s photostream at flickr.com/creativecommons

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • harlemmoon

    The OUSD administrator who is charged with managing such matters is Reginald Crowell, the district’s Risk Management officer.
    Good luck with that.