In California, schools are required to have a disaster plan.

There is a lot that can be done by school officials to plan for disasters, to limit the risk, to protect the safety of students and teachers, and to ensure that schools recover quickly.

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services has put forth the “Preparedness Starts With You! For Schools” campaign to get as many students as possible to speak with their parent(s) or guardian(s) about being prepared for an emergency. More...


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OES for Kids (4th and 5th Grade)

The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) recognizes the importance of emergency preparedness in the home, community, at work and school. The program is structured around interactive stations staffed by local emergency response agencies where fourth and/or fifth grade students learn how to prepare and respond to local disasters, such as an earthquake, flood or fire. Students rotate from station to station learning disaster preparedness and safety skills, and participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations. 

Disaster preparedness information will be presented to fourth and/or fifth grade students by the Office of Emergency Services (OES), American Red Cross, Department of Animal Services, the local fire department, and other community partners. Students receive a certificate and information to take home to their families.