Are schools prepared for emergencies? A baseline assessment of emergency preparedness at school sites in three Los Angeles County school districts

Megumi Kano, Marizen Ramirez, William J. Ybarra, Gus Frias, Linda B. Bourque

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Abstract

A survey of emergency preparedness was conducted in three public school districts in urban areas of Los Angeles County. Eighty-three school sites were surveyed using self-administered questionnaires. Although designated respondents generally felt that their schools were well prepared, the survey also revealed the need for improvements in written disaster plans, emergency response training, availability of equipment and supplies, and implementation of the state-mandated Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). A significant predictor of compliance with the SEMS guidelines was having experienced the effects of school emergencies in the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-422
Number of pages24
JournalEducation and Urban Society
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Crisis management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • School safety
  • Urban schools

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