A primary role of Portland Public Schools is to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff, and visitors. The welfare and safety of students, staff, and visitors is never more threatened than during disasters or emergency situations. The goal of emergency management is to ensure that Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery actions exist so that the welfare and safety of District students and staff is preserved.
THE FOUR PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTPrevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery are all different phases of Emergency Management. These phases are incorporated into all school, district, or campus emergency management plans. The phases are defined as:
- Prevention-Mitigation: Identifying all potential hazards and vulnerabilities and reducing the potential damage they can cause;
- Preparedness: Collaborating with community partners to develop plans and protocols to prepare for the possibility that identified hazards, vulnerabilities or emergencies will occur;
- Response: Working closely with first responders and community partners to effectively contain and resolve an emergency in or around a school or campus; and
- Recovery: Teaming with community partners to assist students and staff in the healing process, ensuring continuity of education and restoring a healthy and safe learning environment following an emergency event.