"The problem was the emergency preparedness plans in Pentwater Public Schools were years old and needed to be updated. Pentwater Public Schools is in a small school in a rural community in the Village of Pentwater. The purpose of this action research was to analyze the existing plans to facilitate recommendations and updates. The action research examined federal and state laws that regulate public school emergency preparedness, and present-day school emergency planning concepts. The researcher participated in numerous emergency planning meetings with two area schools, reviewed existing plans, identified plans that needed to be updated and/or implemented, and created updated elements of the schools' overall emergency preparedness. This research was carried out through personal observations in meetings with public safety and school officials, conducting personal interviews of persons with expertise in the research question problem areas and creating materials for use in future plans. The results indicated most elements were outdated or missing altogether. Recommendations were made to enhance the school's overall emergency preparedness. The assembly of a team including school officials, public safety and community leaders was facilitated. A school assessment was conducted to identify the school characteristics. Existing emergency plans were reviewed. New maps of school grounds, floor plans, evacuation routes and individual classroom evacuation plans were created. The existing bomb threat policy was reviewed and a new plan was developed and recommended."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/