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Emergency Planning

The Developing Community Resilience through Schools Project

The Developing Community Resilience through Schools Project was born out of seven Local Authorities achieving Beacon status in 2007, recognising their strengths and innovative approaches to emergency planning.

Essex County Council in particular was commended for their work in developing teaching resources for school children and raising children’s awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies.

Essex County Council Emergency Planning Service has for a number of years led on developing a wide array of curriculum resources that can be used by teachers to enhance the education and awareness of Emergency Planning to pupils and in turn to the wider community.

They identified a series of opportunities to deliver curriculum based teaching materials which incorporated emergency planning. As a result of this, products such as the 'What If…?' interactive game, DVDs, puzzles, books and board games were produced that have been designed to complement lesson plans, which have also been developed to ensure that learning is undertaken in a fun and enlightening fashion. The aim of these products is to aid the teaching of emergency planning in schools in a fun and interactive manner and, because of their content, they offer a benefit to the wider community.

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