Don’t leave emergency planning until the last minute


How many times do you think students have been told “don’t leave it until the last minute” in reference to doing homework or studying for exams? Even after years of hearing this phrase repeated, people are still inclined to put off completing the not-so-fun tasks in life.

Emergencies are the sort of thing that we don’t think about until they occur. But when they do happen, it’s all we can think about.

Even though it’s tempting to wind down for the year as final assemblies and prize-givings roll around, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been. Across New Zealand there wasn’t a month that went by without the need for some type of emergency communication between school and parents.

From extreme weather events such as heavy rain and flooding, to criminal threats involving firearms, schools around the country were forced to implement emergency response plans.

Look to 2016 and ask yourself the question “Am I prepared for any type of emergency at school?”

Plan ahead. Stay in control. Don’t leave evaluating your emergency plan until the last minute.

To help manage your emergency planning, School-links is holding an open webinar ‘Staying in control and effectively responding to emergencies at school’ on 26 November 2015. To find out more and register, click here.


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