For Immediate Release
October 17, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Governor Proclaims Kansas School Preparedness Day

On any given day, about 20 percent of a community’s population is gathered in school facilities. While the potential for natural disasters and other emergencies can pose risks to students and faculty, parents and community leaders expect schools to provide safe learning environments for children, and to be prepared to take actions to protect them.

In recognition of the vital role played by Kansas schools in ensuring public health and safety, Governor Kathleen Sebelius will sign a proclamation on Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m. declaring September 28 th Kansas School Preparedness Day. The signing will take place in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children,” Sebelius said. “Since our children spend such a significant amount of time at school, it is vitally important that schools are prepared to respond during a disaster.”

The Governor’s Commission on Healthy and Prepared Schools was formed in January through an Executive Order. The commission makes recommendations to enable Kansas schools to be prepared for emergencies and develop comprehensive, all-hazards school crisis management procedures.

“The Governor’s Commission on Healthy and Prepared Schools emphasizes the need for Kansas schools to fully engage in crisis preparedness activities,” said Dr. Bob Hull, commission chair.

“Kansas School Preparedness Day reinforces the need for all school children in Kansas to have safer and better prepared schools.”

The commission includes 13 members from across Kansas representing various state and local agencies involved in emergency planning and preparedness.