Emergency Preparedness

The South Whidbey School District takes a proactive approach to emergency planning and preparation. We take the health and safety of our students and staff seriously. District staff have worked together with local, county and state agencies to develop and maintain our emergency plans and resources. Following state and federal guidelines, our emergency response plans are structured around the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in order to coordinate our response plans with other agencies.

The school district and all schools have safety and security plans. These plans are regularly reviewed and updated and include procedures to respond to critical incidents such as fire and earthquakes. In addition to the site emergency plans, each classroom and office has an "Emergency Flip Chart", which is a quick reference guide for emergency response procedures.

Below are links to resources you may find useful in your own planning for disasters.

Make sure your family has a plan in place before a disaster occurs.

FEMA and the Red Cross have prepared this brochure with tips on how to prepare for any event with a plan that includes a supplies kit and emergency checklist for your important personal considerations, items and documents.

The South Whidbey School District, in cooperation with the city of Langley and other agencies, has produced a 10 ways - 10 days emergency preparedness document which takes into account our unique situation here on Whidbey Island. In a major natural disaster such as an earthquake, our main transportation links to and from the island may be out of service for a significant period of time. Therefore we have developed the 10-day approach outlined in this document.

In planning emergency food needs, emergency pantry in PDF format) from the Canned Food Alliance provides good guidelines on types of food and quantities.

Link Description
Island County Link to Island County public safety site
FEMA Link to Federal Emergency Management Agency
CERT Community Emergency Response Team site.
Homeland Security Department of Homeland Security
Red Cross National Red Cross
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