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Tamalpais Union HSD |  3000 |  BP  3516.3  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Earthquake Emergency Procedure System   

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Earthquakes occur without warning. For their safety, students shall be taught methods of protecting themselves.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish an emergency procedure system to be followed in case of earthquakes. This system shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. A school building disaster plan, ready for implementation at any time, for maintaining the safety and care of students and staff. This plan should outline roles, responsibilities and procedures for students and staff.

2. A DROP procedure, whereby each student and staff member takes cover under a table or desk, drops to the knees, protects the head with arms, and faces away from the window.

3. Protective measures to be taken before, during and after an earthquake, including location and mitigation of hazards, to insure student and staff safety.

4. A training program to ensure that all certificated and classified staff are aware of, and properly skilled in, the earthquake emergency procedure system (Education Code 35297) and in basic first aid procedures.

5. Agreement with bus compan(ies) as to procedures when earthquake occurs while students are on a bus.

Drop procedures shall be practiced at least once each semester in secondary schools. (Education Code 35297)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32280-32289 School safety plans

GOVERNMENT CODE

3100 Public employees as disaster service workers

8607 Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 19

2400-2450 Standardized Emergency Management System

Management Resources:

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY PUBLICATIONS

Guidebook for Developing a School Earthquake Safety Program, 1990

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES PUBLICATIONS

The ABCs of Post-Earthquake Evacuation: A Checklist for School Administrators and Faculty

Guide and Checklist for Nonstructural Earthquake Hazards in California Schools, January 2003

School Emergency Response: Using SEMS at Districts and Sites, June 1998

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

California Emergency Management Agency: http://www.calema.ca.gov

California Seismic Safety Commission: http://www.seismic.ca.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): http://www.fema.gov/hazards/earthquakes

National Incident Management System (NIMS): http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims

Policy TAMALPAIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 22, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: January 18, 1994