Principals and management teams have a key role to play in promoting and implementing emergency planning and preparedness.
This information outlines leadership obligations, along with suggestions for engaging your community and where to get support, so that your school is better prepared for:
What’s the Plan Stan? helps principals and management teams as they work with staff to plan curriculum-based education for managing emergencies.
What’s the Plan Stan? aligns with the vision, values, and principles of The New Zealand Curriculum. Emergency event education grows resilience and awareness and helps students connect to and participate with their community. In taking a localised approach, schools can focus on the emergency events that are most likely to happen in their area and spread the message of preparedness across the community.
What’s the Plan Stan? provides a framework for teachers to design learning opportunities that develop the key competencies. It offers authentic, wide ranging and increasingly complex contexts that challenge students’ ideas and responses.
Emergency event education fits well with the learning areas of health and physical education and social studies.
For more information about teaching and learning about emergency events, see Information for teachers
Principals and management teams lead their school in preparing for emergency events by:
Practices and simulations help students and teachers become familiar with the actions they need to take immediately after an emergency event.
Practise the immediate response that students and teachers should take in the case of a specific emergency. Example: Drop, cover, and hold during an earthquake.
Participants: Students, teachers, other school staff
Frequency: This should be done frequently at least once a term.
Practice evacuating the school in case of an emergency event.
Participants: Students, teachers, other school staff, parents/caregivers
Frequency: This should be done less frequently. We suggest once a year.
Simulate the response of different people and response agencies in a simulated emergency event. Example: simulating the roles of different groups that can help after an earthquake.
Participants: Students, teahers, other school staff, agencies: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Frequency: This should be done less frequently. We suggest once every two years.
School management, Boards of Trustees, and Civil Defence can work together to help mitigate the impacts of emergency events.
To help with planning, consider the impacts you could face at school. See Never Happens? Happens under What are the Impacts?
This interactive map will let you know the history of emergency events in your local area. Although the impacts for these events will likely be the same, it’s important to know what has happened and where - and then how to be better prepared.