Mitigation and Preparedness
Because of the potential for children and parents to be cut off from one another in the aftermath of a quake, the following preparations should be made:
- Schools should continue collecting and updating records of where parents work and how they can be contacted at the start of each year.
- The school district should require parents to provide at least one emergency contact that lives and works inside Tooele County as well as one contact outside the county.
- The school district should have a plan for where students at each school will be moved if their school is damaged—and a plan of how they will be moved there. This information should be published to parents each school year. Schools with lower risk of soil liquefaction are likely bets.
- Each school should maintain a stock of food, water, first aid supplies, and bedding in case children must shelter there overnight.
- Each school should maintain a list of children who need life-sustaining medications such as insulin. Have a plan for accessing additional supplies and designate a team of staff members dedicated to tracking and monitoring these children.
- The school district should have a clear communication plan that allows each principle to push information quickly to parents in the aftermath of a natural disaster. SMS or recorded voice calls are preferable to email or internet solutions. The system should be tested often and parents should be educated about its existence regularly.