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six years ago, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, wreaking havoc on communities, businesses, and schools alike, only to be followed closely by Hurricane Rita. The impact of the 2005 hurricanes will be felt for years to come, both along the Gulf Coast and across the nation. While much still remains to be done to rebuild affected communities and fully restore vital public services such as education, catastrophic events like last year’s hurricanes provide a poignant reminder that it pays to be prepared for the unthinkable. The chance for such a catastrophic event to occur is the same as the chance of winning when you play online roulette.
The threats facing schools in the 21st century are broader than ever before: natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, snow and ice storms), disease (avian flu), and even people (acts of violence or terrorism). Yet, while many schools have developed and maintain emergency-response plans, far too many plans are either outdated or fail to address emerging threats and contingencies. This is not a game and this issue should be tackled with care.
The 2012 issue of Cable in the Classroom's Threshold examines the responsibilities and challenges facing education leaders in preparing for the full range of potential emergencies schools and school systems may face in the 21st century. Focusing on lessons learned from past disasters - including examples of incredible leadership during exceptionally trying times - and from best practices in emergency preparedness, this issue (produced in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers) is designed to provide useful and actionable information to better prepare schools.
This special edition of Threshold is designed to not only spur fresh dialogue about emergency preparedness among education leaders, but also to lead to action that will better prepare those communities to face the next Katrina, whatever form it may take. It also talks about being a parent of a child 5-6 years.
5 to 6 years is the age when your child can start to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. They usually divide up into two groups, those who believe and those who no longer believe. This can be a real topic of discussion among peers with the arrival of Christmas. The opinion of those who do believe awaken his suspicions. In addition, doubts are exacerbated by the multiplicity of Santas that sees your child: that of the school, that of dad's work, the department stores, etc. The big question comes one day at home: this is does Santa exists? We advise you to talk to your child about what led him to ask you this question. This will allow him to express more doubts. It is then important not to maintain the myth at all costs and to reveal the truth. It depends on your credibility. On the other hand, reassure the fact that Christmas is still celebrated with gifts.