Video Called 'Drill Today: Survive Tomorrow' and a Study of Coalition Building and Alternative Funding [open pdf - 935KB]
"It was a problem that there were no video-based programs currently being used to teach fire and tornado drill procedures in the elementary schools in Irondale, Alabama. The research questions were as follows: (a) What video-based programs were available? (b) Was funding a problem for principals in obtaining a video-based program that teaches fire and tornado drill procedures? (c) Could an alternative funding model be used to create a cost- effective, video-based fire and tornado drill procedure program. The answers to these questions all helped to develop a cost-effective and alternatively funded video-based program that teaches fire and tornado drill procedures in the elementary schools of Irondale, Alabama. Descriptive research surveys indicated that there were no video-based programs currently being utilized and that funding was the primary reason. The surveys also made evident the need for such a video. The final question explored alternative funding in a problem-solving model to determine if a video could be produced. Through action research, a professional quality video on fire and tornado drills was created, copied, and sent to all primary educational schools in Alabama utilizing a new funding model. Alternative funding, building coalitions, the utilization of video media, need validation, and creative exploration were all recommended in this project."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/