Are Schools Stockpiling Food and Water?

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  • School districts have plans in place to ensure appropriate resources for staff and students for a short-term event.

  • In the event of a large-scale catastrophic event, districts would rely on federal and state authorities for assistance. 

  • The shelter-in-place plan is to be used only in the event of a chemical, biohazard, or radiological event. In any one of these situations - which are usually localized (i.e., do not cover a wide are) - persons typically need to remain indoors only a few hours before the hazard literally blows away.

  • After the danger has passed, children and staff members will be free to go to their homes. There may be other events that would cause people to be housed for longer periods of time in public buildings such as schools. 

  • In such an event, other community agencies, including the Red Cross, would be responsible for providing food and water. 

  • In all critical events of this type, the school system becomes part of a larger emergency response team.