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Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

School Resources

Be "Wise & Ready"

Community preparedness is the ability of communities to prepare for, withstand, and recover - in both short and long terms - from disasters, and emergency incidents that impact the health of the public. This includes the engagement and participation in preparedness activities that works to build shared capabilities across the whole community. For Schools this means children and families, teachers and administrators. Promoting awareness on how to prevent, respond to, and recover from a public health incident that may occur in your community or involve impacts from incidents that may have occurred in distant communities.

This resource page will help you be better prepared for an emergency, promote an awareness of and access to medical and mental/behavioral health to protect the community's health and address functional and access needs.

Before a disaster strikes prepare together as a school as a community to be "Wise and Ready".


Educators can help empower students in their educational journey into emergency preparedness with the knowledge, awareness, and life-saving skills needed to prepare for a variety of emergencies and disasters.

  • FEMA has developed a standards-based cross-curricular program: Be a Hero-Teacher ¬†for school aged children 1st grade to 12th grade.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource for educators: "Preparedness 101 ZOMBIE PANDEMIC" helping teachers further educate middle school aged children the preparedness basics in a fun and fictitious scenario.
  • ADHS and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management "Just In Case Arizona Educator's Toolkit" provides resources for students, parents and educators to advocate emergency preparedness planning and awareness and the
  • American Red Cross "Prepare your School" program and "Masters of Disaster" curriculum to help both organizations and parents educate children on disaster preparedness.