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State and local school officials planning for natural disasters

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:51 am with No Comments »
December 17, 2012 10:05 pm

Four Pierce County school districts are part of a statewide project designed to help identify risks and develop a statewide plan for dealing with schools affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcano eruptions.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with 35 school districts across the state, received a two-year, $1.1 million grant in March from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pierce County school districts participating as partners include Carbonado, Puyallup, Steilacoom and Sumner.

Recent work includes the launch of a brief online survey for parents, teachers, school boards, state organizations, superintendents and the general public.

The survey, titled “Increase Life Safety Before Disaster Strikes,” is available through April 1, 2013 and should take less than five minutes to complete. The feedback received from the survey will assist OSPI with development of the draft mitigation plan.

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