Resources to help schools prepare their community for disasters and emergenciesResources to help schools prepare their community for disasters and emergencies
Schools give children more than an academic education by providing consistent routine, social support, life skills, and even meals. Therefore, disruptions have the potential to be distressing for students and educators alike. The Red Cross can help your school and community prepare for disasters and emergencies.
Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program
Is your school prepared for emergency? This free, self-paced membership program begins with a self-assessment of your level of preparedness to reveal areas for improvement and helps you track your school’s progress in increasing your preparedness through a customized, OSHA-compliant Emergency Action Plan. You'll also gain access to a Resource Center with additional tools to prepare your school.
In an emergency, your faculty and staff may be called upon to help ill or injured students. Are they equipped with the skills and confidence they’ll need? As the leading provider of OSHA-compliant health and safety training, the Red Cross can help your team prepare for a crisis.
25% of Red Cross volunteers are age 24 or younger. Being young is no barrier to being able to help people in need, in your community and around the world! Visit redcrossyouth.org to learn more about our many youth programs.
If your faculty and staff are Red Cross Ready at home, any emergencies they face may have a less disruptive effect at work. Additionally, the knowledge and skills they develop can be brought into the classroom to help students and families become better prepared too.
Share these resources with staff at your school or organization to encourage individual emergency preparedness:
Each year Red Cross chapters across the country train disaster volunteers in how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. One way to contribute to this effort is by offering your facility as a Red Cross shelter.