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Colorado School Safety Resource Center Created Response Materials

Response: Emergency Actions for K-12 Schools (March 2011)
  • As part of a collaborative work group effort, and recently approved by the advisory board of the CSSRC, it is recommended that K-12 schools have protocols for five basic emergency actions to help ensure safety of all individuals on school site in the event of an actual emergency or for various crisis situations: lockdown, lockout (secured building), shelter-in-place (including weather shelter), evacuation, and a protocol for release and reunification of students to reunite them with parents/caregivers after an event.
  • The document is intended as guidance to Colorado schools and recommends consultation and development of protocols with community emergency responders, customizing procedures as needed for individual school sites and developing plans for students and staff with special needs. In addition key messages include that all staff and students be trained through drill and practice, parents informed of protocols, and that schools review plans after all drills and actual events


Colorado Flood Resources

Colorado Flood Resources from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 
  • The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by the flooding across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance. 
Disaster Assistance.gov
  • Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Statewide Flood Facts
  • Quick and timely information updated twice daily about Colorado flood information.
Flood Resources from the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) 
  • Resources for helping schools prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from flood damage.

Other Response Materials

After a Suicide Loss: A Toolkit for Schools
  • Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2011
  • A free resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities. It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.
  • To learn more about other AFSP programs and resources for schools, go to www.afsp.org/schools.
Bomb Threat Guide and Software
  • An interactive CD-Rom planning tool for schools created by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Free CD-Rom Order link (for Education and Law Enforcement personnel only)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response
Disaster Response Template Toolkit
  • This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Response Template Toolkit features public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. The Template Toolkit includes print, website, audio, video, and multimedia materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to provide outreach, psycho-education, and recovery news for disaster survivors. Many of the links contain sample materials and online tools that have been used in previous disaster situations across the country. The templates can also be adapted for future use as desired.
Elementary School Lockdown: One School's Success Story 
  • This video was created by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a lockdown training video. Watch it to learn how a busy elementary school prepares and coordinates their lockdown procedures.
  • Remember to check with your district and school for specific procedures that apply in your district.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
Guidelines for the Field Triage of Injured Patients
  • Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Prevention and Control
  • Contains links for online courses, fact sheets, posters, and other tools to help decide how to handle injured people.
Lessons Learned
Lost Person Finder
Mental Health First Aid Colorado
  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.
  • Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public — they are the most likely to encounter people who are suffering from emotional health problems. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or addiction.
  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado teaches caring Colorado citizens how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
  • Find a Class 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
    • The Mental Health First Aid USA Youth Curriculum is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
  • NEW Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Resource Guide
    • Mental Health First Aid Colorado has complied a resource guide surrounding the intersection of mental health and schools/youth development organizations.
    • Launched in 2014
National Association of School Psychologists
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 19 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.
  • National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC)

    • The National Emergency Child Locator Center is operated by NCMEC and activated during Presidentially-declared disasters. Its mission is to assist in reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster.
  • Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR)
    • The UMR serves as a centralized and protected database where information pertaining to unaccompanied minors can be stored. It supports the ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children missing or lost as a result of a disaster.
National Commission on Children and Disasters
  • The National Commission on Children and Disasters was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2007 (P.L. 110-161).
National Education Association
National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS)
  • NEFRLS is a nationally-accessible system that facilitates the reunification of families separated or displaced by a disaster that is activated when requested by a state following a Presidentially-declared disaster. It allows adults who have been displaced from their homes or pre-incident locations to voluntarily register and share specific information about their post-disaster well-being or location with designated family members. Family members and friends may search the database for a record created by a displaced individual.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
  • The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.
  • This program is a project of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
Responding to a Crisis at School
  • This supportive document for schools was created in 2008 by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA.
Reunification School Emergency Video
  • This video was created by Adams 14 School District to provide information and instructions to parents on what to do during a school emergency. Parents are reminded that they should not come to the school during an emergency, but should wait for instructions on how to be reunited with their students.
  • The video uses Adams 14 procedures, but is general enough to apply for other schools.
Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations
  • Created in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children's bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series
Standard Response Protocol, I Love U Guys Foundation
  • This website provides a training guide, PowerPoint presentations, workbook and other on-line materials free of charge to Districts, Departments and Agencies to assist in a uniform classroom response to incidents at school.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Facility Locator
  • Behavioral Health Disaster Response App, released February 2014
    • Apple App Store
    • Android Google Play Store
    • Blackberry Appworld
    • It’s easier than ever to provide support in the aftermath of disasters, and focus on what really matters—the people in need. SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App is designed for behavioral health professionals and provides access to evidenced-based mental health and substance use information, tools, and resources for use in the field.
Suicide Prevention Key Messages - Tips to a Great Interview
  • Published by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Office of Suicide Prevention in August 2011 
  • Sharing consistent messages about suicide and suicide prevention, when working with the media and other stakeholders, helps you to become proactive in changing the way suicide, mental health and the like are perceived.
  • Consistent messaging shows that a well-organized, strategic voice is discussing the issue.
Triage for Teachers: Sorting the Victims Training   
  • In this video, created by the Los Angeles Unified School District, non-medical personnel can learn how to sort and categorize wounded victims during an emergency.
  • If time is short, you may skip to minute 6 in the video to bypass the scenario and proceed directly to the triage procedures.
  • Be sure to check with your district and school for specific procedures because this video was made in California for a specific district.















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