This day-long REMS course is designed to assist school districts and schools in planning for earthquakes that may impact the school community, its buildings and grounds, as well as those within the surrounding community. This training is intended to provide participants with an overview of the dangers earthquakes may pose to a school and its community. Key considerations for preparing for, protecting from, mitigating the effect of, responding to, and recovering from an earthquake are provided. The training also presents courses of action that planning teams may want to consider when developing hazard-specific and functional annexes relevant to earthquake preparedness. Training objectives include participants being able to: explain why earthquakes are dangerous and how they can impact schools and communities, including through cascading/secondary effects; describe preparedness activities that can help protect schools before, during, and after an earthquake; understand how the six-step planning process can help address earthquake preparedness in schools; recognize what courses of action may need to be addressed when planning for an earthquake; and identify where to go for more resources.
The target audience for this course is those with roles and responsibilities in protecting the school community before, during, and after potential earthquakes, including: district and school administrators, educators, counselors, school psychologists, facilities staff, nurses, food management and cafeteria staff, and other community partners such as: law enforcement, emergency managers, emergency medical services personnel, the local municipality’s representative, public and mental health officials, and representatives from community groups including youth-serving organizations.