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Emergency Response Planning for Schools (ERPS)

Emergency Response Planning for Schools is a program offered to Grant County school districts aimed at providing emergency planning to protect school children and adult personnel during natural and manmade disasters.

Providing protection for schools has received a great deal of attention from the news media and public officials at all levels in recent years because of a number of high visibility incidents of school violence. ERPS is designed to provide an all-hazards emergency plan that would be put in operation no matter what the emergency.

ERPS is a process that assists in the development of workable, user-friendly emergency management plans for schools. A school districtís plan is developed by its own personnel in cooperation with local first responders and Grant County Emergency Management. That is, the plan is developed by the people who will carry it out when the need arises.

The basic principles of ERPS are:

  • During an emergency, school personnel become emergency responders.

  • No matter what the emergency the same people will be carrying out the same functions.

  • Plans must be user friendly and team built.

  • All personnel, including students and parents, must know their roles in advance.

  • By conducting drills and exercises, these roles and procedures are tested and refined.

There is no cost to school districts. School districts are only asked to provide a suitable venue and limited audio-video support.

Who should participate in ERPS? Everyone involved in protecting school children during an emergency.

  • Administrators

  • Custodians or facility manager

  • Secretaries

  • Teachers

  • Nurses

  • Counselors

  • Local emergency response personnel - Fire, Police, Emergency Medical, Emergency Management.

  • School board members

  • Local elected officials

  • Health officers

  • Transportation coordinators

  • Parents/PTA representatives

  • Student representatives

For additional information, call us at 509-762-1462.

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