School Resilience Planning: A Practical Guide to Emergency Management and Business Continuity Management for Schools

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AuthorHouse, Jan 7, 2010 - Business & Economics - 152 pages
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Fires, flu pandemic, accidents and deaths – all these have affected British schools in the past and will do so again in the future – we just don’t know when or where. Schools need to build resilience to emergencies and be prepared to manage their consequences, both to ensure that a response is effective and also that the business of education continues as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether the driver is the school’s duty of care to its charges or a Local Authority requiring its schools to prepare emergency response and business continuity plans, we can’t avoid the fact that teachers don’t join their profession to write them and so will be requiring assistance. With practical explanations and useful checklists, this guide provides a complete framework for planning, using the UK’s best practice approaches to Emergency Management and Business Continuity Management. It culminates with several template plans and exercises that can be used by school management for their own purposes. Particularly appropriate during a flu pandemic, this book will always be a useful tool for teachers who require a simple but effective guide to preparing for emergencies in their school.

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The author is the Resilience Manager in a top tier local authority in the UK, with responsibilities for emergency management and business continuity management. This includes advising the Schools Service and individual schools within the county. He has an MSc in Emergency Planning and Disaster Management, during the completion of which he undertook a project on school emergency planning, and he is a member of the Emergency Planning Society. He has been involved in the response to a number of emergencies, including several school incidents. He has a Diploma in Business Continuity Management and is a member of the Business Continuity Institute. He is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Management. Before joining the Local Authority, he worked for four years in Bosnia with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). There he was responsible for the training of international election supervisors and then the planning and conduct of elections in eight municipalities. His last role was as a Deputy Director for one of the four Regional Centres. Prior to his time with the OSCE he served as an officer in the British Army, serving on operations in Belize and Bosnia.

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