Website Has Safety Info for Schools
The website, named "Schools Prepared," officially went online April 1 and includes information on violence, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The Missouri School Board Association and the Missouri Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism hope the website helps schools be aware and ready.
"It's a really unique program in that it offers a lot of detailed public health information that most schools don't have in their plan right now," said CERT Director Bruce Clements.
About 1,500 Missouri schools already are using the safety website. The program is designed to be as simple as possible, with all technical information completed for the schools, so all they do is plug in their specific details.
Most schools also are customizing the website to fit their needs. By using a password-protected feature, administrators can upload video, floor plans and escape routes for their schools. The consulting group that built the site won't provide a list of schools using it, because of fear that schools not using it would appear more at risk.
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services paid for the project and made it available to all public and private schools in the state.