Tuesday, July 01, 2008

DCPS gets $800k grant to improve emergency preparedness

Mayor Fenty has announced that DCPS will receive an $800,000 grant from the Department of Education to help improve the school district's emergency management plans.
This is the first time the DC Public Schools has been awarded a Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools grant since the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools began administering the discretionary grant program in October 2003. The program helps school districts develop comprehensive plans for any emergency or crisis, including natural disasters, pandemic influenza, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

“This competitive grant will buttress our school emergency plans by training personnel and students; improving our communication with parents/guardians, and helping us better coordinate with local law, public safety, public health and mental health agencies,” Fenty said.

It also enables school districts to develop improved plans that address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

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