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What is Emergency Management and Business Continuity Management? Emergency Management and Business Continuity Management are closely related disciplines and share the same response management structures. However: Emergency Management – is the ability to respond to an event or situation that threatens the welfare of members of the school community, serious damage to the school environment or the school’s security. Business Continuity Management – is the ability to respond to disruptive incidents and emergencies by identifying and maintaining the school’s critical activities, and returning to ‘business as usual’ as quickly as possible. What is a School Emergency Management and Business Continuity Plan? A School Emergency Management and Business Continuity plan (SEMBCP) provides a school with a framework to manage the impact of the effects of an unexpected emergency/crisis and to identify critical functions to recover as a priority, ensuring the school can deliver key services and meet its statutory obligations. It is vital that a SEMBCP is specific to the school and contains relevant, concise and up to date information that may be needed urgently during an emergency situation. A SEMBCP will be supported by existing emergency response arrangements with Kent County Council (see section on the ‘Local Authority Support Network’) and the emergency services. Please note: you should also have an up to date asset register that is reviewed annually. If you do not, please contact the Schools Financial Services on 03000 415 415. Plan Administration Hard and electronic versions of the plan should be stored in a number of pre- identified locations and these locations shared with relevant personnel. One of these locations should be offsite. The Headteacher and the Governing Body of a school are responsible for annually reviewing the SEMBCP and identifying areas for amendment. The school is responsible for updating relevant sections of the plan and ensuring the most up to date version is shared with relevant personnel. Detail the names of those that need access to plan. 4
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What is a ‘Grab Bag’ and what should it contain? A ‘Grab Bag’ is any type of bag/holdall that is kept in a convenient place and can be quickly acquired by the Headteacher or other responsible person in the event of an emergency. The bag contains the necessary resources that you may need during an emergency. It is not a legal requirement, but is strongly recommended. It is recommended that the contents of the grab bag are checked once a term and after use. Grab bags should be stored securely but made easily accessible to staff should an incident occur. Consider storing one in the school building (e.g.
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