Emergency preparedness training for school officials
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September 21 '06: Teachers and school administrators in California's San Ramon Valley school district are learning basic fire-fighting, triage and wound treatment skills so that faculty will be able to effectively respond to an emergency situation, the Contra Costa Times reported earlier this month.
Local school officials said they want to send the message that the children will be OK during an emergency - the area is prone to earthquakes.According to the CC Times, "Planner say the school district's involvement [in emergency planning and preparation] is important because, on a given day, 20 percent of the San Ramon Valley population is at a district facility: 22,000 students, 2,500 employees occupying 32 buildings. The district encompasses a wide swath from Alamo to San Ramon, including several new schools in Dougherty Valley." The goal, according to Thomas Jamison, the district's director of maintenance, operations, transportation and child nutrition, is to have an emergency operations plan in place for each school in the district. "Many children probably will go home in the hours after an earthquake. But others may not, especially if roads are destroyed in a major quake. So the district has to have a plan to keep them safe," the CC Times reported. Jamison, who completed Community Emergency Response Team training will train other district employees and administrators. "We are working very closely with fire and police in our community," Jamison told the CC Times.
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