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APPENDIX 3

EARTHQUAKE CONSIDERATIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

A GUIDEBOOK FOR ARKANSAS SCHOOLS

 

INTRODUCTION

One of the segments of the school population that has been left out of the written school guidelines for earthquake preparedness has been those students with special needs. Students with diabetes, hypertension or any of the maladies that require special diets, daily periodic medications or special equipment and supplies in order to sustain life, activities, dignity or reasonable comfort have not been given adequate considerations in planning for disasters that cause isolation. What could be a mere inconvenience for able bodied students could become a major threat to the students who have special needs.

It is the objective of this appendix to provide major considerations that students with special needs should have in earthquake preparedness, response and recovery planning. In some cases, such considerations could mean the difference between life and death, during and after, an earthquake.

Although some of the following considerations have been provided in Sections 1, 3, 5 and 6, it is felt that by providing all consideratiorns in this appendix it will emphasize their importance and at the same time provide a document that concentrates them for the review of school emergency planners, rather than their having to review the total "Guidebook" in order to access them.

 

BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE

DURING THE EARTHQUAKE

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

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School Earthquake Preparedness Guide - State of Arkansas
Arkansas Office of Emergency Services, 1993