All education settings are required to have emergency plans in place. These are designed to help you respond effectively to unforeseen incidents and a range of materials have been published to assist you with this. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look

Some readers will remember the preparations before the millennium. Schools were told to get ready for the worst and software companies wanted to sell us all manner of goods to protect our systems which would self-destruct on the last dong of midnight.

Of course, it didn’t happen. But then Covid did. We might sometimes feel complacent about preparing for a theoretical emergency, but the fact remains that it is an essential part of our work.

It might be a public health incident, severe weather, fire, serious injury or a criminal activity such as an intruder or bomb threat. We all hope to avoid a major crisis, but smaller, domestic incidents are much more common. Boilers breaking down, leaks and structural building problems can create emergencies of their own and are perhaps more likely to happen.

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