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Standard operating procedures for disasters and emergencies in schools

Standard operating procedures for emergencies and disasters for schools are an essential part of school disaster management policy. They are a set of written and required safety procedures to be known and followed by all school workers and students, in the event of disasters or emergencies. Standard operating procedures, can and should be considered and customized to each school’s unique circumstances. Each school management committee should work with local community and public safety authorities, to consider these standard procedures and review to make any additions or amendments, as part of the school readiness and resilience plan.

Download the Operational Procedures

It is important for school staff to have a strong understanding of these procedures. You will need to: think through how these will work and what adaptations are needed for your schools.

Preparedness checklists for schools

This checklist will help you monitor your school safety plan.

Emergency provisions checklist for schools

This checklist will help you monitor your school safety plan.

Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education sector

IFRC and Save the Children are members of the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education sector (GADRRRES) which aims to ensure that all schools are safe from disaster risks and all learners live in a culture of safety. In support of the Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, GADRRRES promotes a comprehensive approach to DRR education through the Comprehensive School Safety Framework. This approach is based on education policy, plans, and programmes that are aligned with disaster management at national, regional, district and local school site levels.

 The Comprehensive School Safety Framework rests on three pillars:

  1. Safe Learning Facilities involves education authorities, planners, architects, engineers, builders, and school community members in safe site selection, design, construction and maintenance (including safe and continuous access to the facility).
  2. School Disaster Management is established via national and sub-national education authorities and local school communities (including children and parents), working in collaboration with their disaster management counterparts at each jurisdiction, in order to maintain safe learning environments and plan for educational continuity, conforming to international standards.
  3. Risk Reduction and Resilience Education should be designed to develop a culture of safety and resilient communities.