Creating School Emergency Response Plans for All

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify at least three ways in which school emergency response plans often fail to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
  2. explain the functional needs approach to emergency preparedness planning.
  3. analyze their existing school emergency response plans to determine if they meet the needs of students with functional needs or disabilities in their school.
  4. describe how to create a school emergency response planning team that involves all stakeholders and is knowledgeable about the needs of students with disabilities.
  5. create a school emergency response plan that plans for the safety and well-being of all students, including those with functional impairments or disabilities.


How can schools create effective emergency response plans that meet the needs of students with disabilities (SWD)? This poster will review literature on school emergency response planning, emphasizing how plans can be strengthened to support SWD and their safety during emergencies. Practitioners will learn to create school emergency response plans that are comprehensive and flexible, meeting the needs of all students.



Heather A. Kwolek, University of Connecticut
Melissa A. Bray, University of Connecticut

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