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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
Technical Assistance and Disaster plan



In 1876 back in the day, my home was a six-acre sugarcane plantation called "Diamond and Ruby" where I lived with two cats Friday and Guavaberry. All the Great Houses had wonderful names like that and have survived countless hurricanes.
I've lived through 2 of them, named Frederick and David which devastated St.Croix in 1979. I then relocated stateside to San Diego, CA with my two cats. Imagine, the first thing that happened in my new home in San Diego was Mount St. Helen's blew up. Take my advice, this is what you need to know to get prepared and live through disasters.


NSA: High School Concept Development Units
The National Security Agency (NSA) has worked to craft these educational materials they are calling "concept development units" (CDUs). The units are divided into 11 sections, including Algebra, Calculus, and Data Analysis. Clicking on each of these sections will bring up a complete list of all the CDUs currently available. Each list offers a paragraph-long description of each activity, along with an indication of the appropriate grade level for each activity. Some of the activities include "Understanding Proportions and Scale Drawings," "Scatter Brained," "Fashion Sense and Dollar Wise" and "Squares in the Light." These are all terrific resources for educators, and the site also contains links to information about the Math and Related Sciences Camp (MARS) sponsored by the National Security Agency and links to other educational centers.

REMS TA CENTER Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center!


The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) began administering the REMS (formerly, Emergency Response and Crisis Management) discretionary grant program in October 2003 to help school districts develop comprehensive plans for any emergency or crisis, including natural disasters, pandemic influenza, violent incidents, and terrorist acts.


If you are interested in receiving prevention education information and opportunities, you are now able to self-enroll to receive the OSDFS PREVENTION NEWS BULLETIN. The purpose of this listserv is to provide a timely information outlet for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program and is now available to the public. The LISTSERV content may include information on prevention education issues, legislation, and OSDFS, and other Federal Programs grant opportunities.


Train out, drive out, or fly out (if the planes are still taking off) and take your pets with you.

2. Go to high ground

You will not have any food, medicine, clean water, fuel, electricity, escape, clothes, ice, a roof over your head, disinfectant, bathroom, sleep, phone, cell phone, generator, gasoline, air conditioning, schools, tv, books, computer, email, internet, national guard, navy, police, income, insurance, a job . . .

Donate Computers or get a free one.



A flood came and a man had to climb onto the roof of his house. As the waters rose a neighbor in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. "No," replied the man on the roof, "the Lord will save me." Then a firefighter appeared in a speedboat. "Climb in!" shouted the firefighter. "No," replied the man on the roof, "The Lord will save me." A helicopter appeared and the pilot shouted that he would lower a rope to the man on the roof. "No," replied the man on the roof, "the Lord will save me." Eventually the man drowned and went to heaven, where he asked God why He hadn't helped him. "I sent a neighbor, a firefighter, and helicopter," said God. "What more do you want?"

"Somebody asked Bush what he thought about Roe v. Wade. He said didn't care how people got out of New Orleans."


Get a "72-hour kit" in a backpack that could help you survive for 72 hours until rescued or able to return home. It should contain a change of clothes, important medications, food and water. If you google "72 hour kits" you will find lots of websites on how to make them or where to buy ready-made ones.

Your home 72-hour kit should contain at least the following items:

  • One gallon of water per person per day. This means at least three gallons of water per person.
  • Sufficient non-perishable food for three days. Ideally, these foods will be lightweight and high in energy. If you pack canned foods, remember a can opener!
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications. Include a spare set of glasses, if you need them.
  • Battery powered portable radio. This may be your only source of information during a disaster.
  • First aid kit. The small camping kits work well. Remember to get enough supplies for the number of people who may be using them.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Clothing and bedding. A spare pair of socks and a space saver blanket would be a minimum.
  • Special items such as baby needs or contact lens supplies, etc.
  • Personal comfort items. Books, games, personal electronics, etc.

A Complete List

  • Aluminum foil
  • Antacid tablets
  • Aspirin & non-aspirin pain relievers *
  • Cash, spare change *
  • Change of clothing *
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Comfort items - Books, cards, hard candy *
  • Contact lens supplies or glasses, if needed *
  • Disinfectant
  • Food (see below for examples) *
  • Maps - city and county
  • Matches in weatherproof container *
  • Mess kit-Disposable plates/utensils
  • Needles and thread
  • Paper and pencils/pens *
  • Paper towels
  • Personal hygiene items *
  • Plastic garbage bags *
  • Prescription drugs *
  • Rain gear
  • Signal flares
  • Soap
  • Sturdy shoes or boots *
  • Toilet paper *
  • Towels *

Food and Water Supply Examples per Person

  • Apple Juice: 2 - 7.5 oz. cans (flip top)
  • Granola Bars: 2 bars
  • Mixed Fruit: 2 - 4.5 oz. cans
  • Pork and Beans: 2 - 8 oz. cans
  • Peanut Butter: One small jar
  • Smoked or dried meats (beef-jerky)
  • Tuna: 2 - 3.25 oz. cans
  • Unsalted crackers: 4 oz.
  • Bottled spring water: 3 gallons

Purchase Order/Donations


  • Adjustable wrench, 10in
  • Bolt cutters
  • Camp hatchet
  • Chisel
  • Claw hammer
  • Crow bar, 18"
  • Folding shovel
  • Hacksaw & blades
  • Nylon tool bag
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver set
  • Short handle sledge hammer


  • Battery operated radio *
  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • Candles
  • Compass
  • Duct tape
  • Dust masks *
  • Emergency solar blankets *
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit (complete)
  • Flashlights *
  • Leather palmed work gloves
  • Lightsticks *
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rope, 100 ft x ½ in
  • Safety glasses or goggles *
  • Signal Flares
  • Tarp
  • Utility/camp knife
  • Whistles *
  • Wool blankets

* Every employee should have a kit that includes at least one each of these items


Pack in a portable, weather-resistant container (backpacks work well):

  • Personnel roster/phone numbers
  • Disaster response manual and facility map
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Battery operated radio
  • Master keys on neck lanyard
  • 2-way radios/extra batteries
  • 8 D cell and 16 AA batteries
  • 4 whistles
  • 4 flashlights
  • 4 pairs of leather palmed gloves
  • 4 pairs of safety glasses or goggles
  • 4 emergency (solar) blankets
  • 4 light sticks (8-12 hr.)
  • 8 dust masks
  • 2 rolls of 2" masking tape
  • 1 roll of duct tape
  • 1 box of 30 gallon garbage bags
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 small box of plastic cutlery
  • Food and water supply *

* Food and Water Supply Examples One Person

  • Apple Juice: 2 - 7.5 oz. cans (flip top)
  • Granola Bars: 2 bars
  • Mixed Fruit: 2 - 4.5 oz. cans
  • Pork and Beans: 2 - 8 oz. cans
  • Peanut Butter: One small jar
  • Smoked or dried meats (beef jerky)
  • Tuna: 2 - 3.25 oz. cans
  • Unsalted crackers: 4 oz.
  • Drinking water

Some other examples:

The Do-It-Yourself Emergency Management Guide!


Southern California Earthquake Data Center
map of the region that features information on recent earthquakes in California and Nevada. Learn about the local faults and recent activity along each fault.


The NHR is a highly skilled team of conservators and other collections care professionals with expertise in emergency response for cultural heritage collections. The team responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Cultural heritage institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to call the NHR hotline for advice and referrals. All assistance provided by the National Heritage Responders is free, funded by grants and generous donations to the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. The NHR are available and ready to assist those collecting institutions impacted by this historic storm.
Please call our hotline at 202-661-8068 or

Rebecca Elder Coordinator National Heritage Responders Rebecca@elderpreservationcom
Direct: 512-699-3494

Historic Preservation Division of FEMA
Public Assistance teams meet with applicants for relief. That's when we evaluate what is requested for remuneration.
Richard Vidutis, PhD
RECORDATIONS, LLC Historical and Cultural Research
205 Yoakum Parkway, #1105 Alexandria, VA 22304
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