What are emergencies?
- Severe weather
- Hazardous materials
- Serious accident
- Student or staff injuries or illness
- Threat of harm
How will you know there is an emergency at your child’s school?
Schools will communicate to parents through:
• TV and radio media, and
• Phone calls when possible.
What will school staff do when there is an emergency at school?
Every school has a team of five staff members who have received specialized training. This School Emergency Response Team (SERT) and other school staff members are prepared to work together with community emergency response departments to care for and protect children, staff and all others present when an emergency occurs. All schools have a safety plan which is aligned with Shelby County Schools’ Comprehensive Safety Plan.
What should parents do when an emergency occurs at their child’s school?
1. Obtain instructions by listening to TV and radio media.
2. Follow instructions regarding the location for picking up your child. Your child will ONLY be
released to those persons listed in your emergency information.
3. Bring your photo I.D.
4. Report to the reunification/pick up area.
5. Help preserve order by being patient and assisting as needed.
1. Don’t call the school. Jammed phone lines will prevent school personnel from making emergency
2. Don’t enter the school and search for your child. School staff will release children in an orderly
fashion. This procedure will account for every child and prevent the possibility of injury.
3. Don’t block school driveways. Driveways will only be used by emergency vehicles.
Your home safety plan is in place.
Alternative people to pick up your child are listed at the school.
The person picking up your child knows he/she must bring a photo ID.
Verify that the school has your child’s medication(s) on file.
All of your current phone numbers are on file at the school, including an out of state person to contact should local phone lines be jammed.
List of Emergency Numbers
DEVELOP YOUR OWN HOME SAFETY PLAN
Develop a plan with your spouse.
Talk to your children about the importance of being safe in an emergency.
Place emergency supplies in a safe, protected location.
Obtain additional information from the Federal Emergency Management web site: www.fema.com
Practice your family’s home safety plan.
Learn how to help in your neighborhood during an emergency by attending Community Emergency
Response Training (CERT). Contact Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Management Agency for
information about CERT.