Emergency management in schools : Wellington survey

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Coomer, M.A.; Johnston, D.M.; Edmonson, L.; Monks, D.; Pedersen, S.; Rodger, A. 2008 Emergency management in schools : Wellington survey. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2008/04 28 p.

Abstract: Children and their families have been identified as especially vulnerable to the effects of hazards. Research aimed at assisting children, youth, and families cope more effectively with the effects of disasters is being undertaken in the Wellington region. In collaboration with local Emergency Management organisations, a survey was undertaken to assess the level of emergency management education and preparedness in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, and Kapiti Coast schools. The study aims to look at current emergency management teaching and exercises within schools to assess the information and resources available, and how resources are used for Emergency Management education and preparedness. This study and further research aims to provide information that can be considered for future uptake of hazard information within school curriculum teaching. Increasing our children’s knowledge of New Zealand hazards, and improving their preparedness for future hazard events can only benefit their future. (auth)