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Schools better prepared for violence than disasters

August 10, 2018

 

By Jim Skillington

 

What's more likely to occur, a school shooting or a natural disaster?

 

The director of an anti-violence school support in California told the Center for Public Violence Recovery last year that just three out of more than 100 schools they follow, were prepared for an earthquake yet every one of them had procedures in place for a school shooting. 

 

According to a study released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lack of preparation is pervasive across the country. According to the study, fewer than two thirds of school districts are prepared to handle a natural disaster or infectious disease outbreak.

 

Meanwhile, a majority of schools are prepared for school shootings and have procedures in place to reunite families when students are evacuated and know where to get mental health resources. 

 

The study found that during the past 10 years, smaller and rural districts were less likely to have disaster plans than larger suburban districts. 

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