UPDATE: Bucket sales are closed, but you can still order water barrels.
Does your household have enough water stored in the event of an emergency? Have you thought about your personal sanitation system if the water and sewer systems are disrupted? If not, we have some options for you: Parents of the SES Safety Committee are running a 55-gallon water barrel, and twin 5-bucket fundraiser so that your families can be better prepared. Water barrels are $30 and 5-gallon buckets with a lid are $5 each. Orders will be taken until November 2, and pickup will be at the school on November 3 from 1:30-4:30pm. For more detailed information and an online order form, check this link. Forms are also available in the school’s front entrance area and can be turned into the office. We will also have a table at the Harvest Fair if you have any questions about emergency preparedness.
How will you reunite with your family immediately following a disaster? Do all the members of your family know the plan? Developing a communication and reunification plan starts with conversations and involves relationships with those around us. Creating bonds within the community and sharing in the responsibility of preparedness makes the work less daunting and more fun and makes us more resilient as a whole. SES Safety and Resilience Committee is hosting a reunification workshop Wednesday October 3 and a school-wide reunification drill on Wednesday October 10.
Workshops: THIS WEEK October 3, 9-9:45 am in the cafeteria
5:30-6:15 pm in the maker-space (go through the library and take a right)
Drill: Wednesday, October 10, 2:30 pm
*If you are interested in becoming more involved with SES preparedness contact Ingrid Larsson, email@example.com. All are welcome.
Each month during school hours, SES practices emergency response drills (fire drills, lock down, lockout, earthquake). At the end of March, we are going to practice a reunification with parents and students. This drill is to practice what would happen if we needed families to come pick their students up from school due to an emergency situation (weather, earthquake, lockdown, etc.).
- How will you reunite with your family immediately following a disaster?
- Do all the members of your family know the plan?
- Are your emergency contacts up-to-date with Wende in the main office?(Check your emergency contacts in ParentVue in the Student Info section. If they are out of date, email Wende at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help with your ParentVue login, stop in the SES office.)
For this practice reunification, we will have parents/guardians check in at stations that will be set up in the front hallway. Those picking up students will need to show a photo ID and be on the student’s emergency contact list.
- Come in the front main door only..
- Find the table corresponding to the first letter of your student’s last name.
- Fill out the PPS reunification form.
- Hand form and your photo ID to the person at the table.
- Wait in the auditorium while a runner fetches your student.
- Sign-out with your student(s) from tables in the auditorium.
- Leave with your student(s) directly to the outdoors from the auditorium.
OPTING OUT: This is an important drill which will inform us all on how best to get reunited with our kids in case of an emergency. We are hoping that everyone will participate. That said, we understand that taking time off work is not an option for many people. If this is the case, please consider sending one of your emergency contacts to pick-up your child so that they can practice, too.
If you still want your child to walk home on the day of the drill or if you have other circumstances (after school activities, etc.), please contact the office to let us know.
CAMPFIRE: We have been working with Campfire so the transition to Campfire is as smooth as possible. If your child will not be in Campfire that day because you plan on participating in the drill, please let Campfire know.
The onset of winter weather, intensified attention on earthquake preparedness and the tragedy of the Umpqua Community College shooting this fall are good reasons to review the systems PPS uses to communicate with families in the event of inclement weather and other emergencies.
Please read this document to be sure you’ve opted in to all the available channels.
The Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management presents workshops that will introduce you to Earthquake Preparedness. Please note the locations and times for workshops and sign up soon, as there is limited spaces at many of the libraries. Then, bring that expertise you gain back to your homes, your neighbors and your neighborhoods. To see when these workshops are taking place, please visit: https://multcolib.org/events/