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Security - Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

An emergency can affect only one school or the entire school district. Our schools have plans in place that anticipate many kinds of emergencies and have conducted training and drills so that school staff is prepared to respond.

Parents Brochure

Overview of PSUSD’s Emergency Preparedness (pdf)

Emergency Response Plan

The school district system has conducted many training programs with school staff members and on-site emergency response drills. Some of these drills have been with personnel from local fire department and the police departments in order to review and improve the system’s emergency response procedures.

  • Local School Emergency Response Plans:
    Plans include school site information, staff responsibilities in time of emergency, and general guidelines for response in different kinds of incidents, and plans for drills throughout the school year.
  • School Emergency Response Teams (SERT) each school has staff members trained in SERT. This training includes: First-aid; search and rescue; light fire fighting; emergency response and Incident Command System.
  • Emergency Incident Kits:
    First aid supplies along with SERT Kits have been provided to each school. Each school also has a supply of emergency water and food bars.

Palm Springs Unified School District emergency training overview

Protective Actions

Each school has procedures to shelter or evacuate children and to provide a lockdown or modified lockdown for security-related emergencies. Our buildings are constructed to provide a safe shelter during an incident. In many situations, children are safer in school than in the home or on the highway.

Emergency Communications

If an emergency occurs during school hours:

  • Do not drive to the school unless directed to do so.
  • Do not call the school.
  • Tune to news media for emergency instructions.

Parents should check the following sources for information and status reports:

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Television

Channel 2 - KPSP - http://kpsplocal2.com

Channel 3 - KESQ - www.kesq.com

Channel 6 – KMIR - http://www.kmir6.com

Channel 11 – KDFX -

Channel 12 - Univision

  • Local Radio

KKUU – 92.7 - FM

KCLB – 93.7 - FM

KWXY – 98.5 - FM

KJJZ - 102.3 – FM

KEZN – 103.1 - FM

KPLM – 106.1-FM

KDGL – 106.9 - FM

KPSI - 920 - AM

KNWZ – 970 - AM

KXPS – 1010 – AM

KNWQ – 1140 – AM

KPTR – 1340 - AM


Additional Recourses

American Red Cross – Riverside Chapter

Humanitarian organization which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. This site includes information about educational programs, such as; CPR/first aid training; blood and tissue donation.


California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Support for state and local agencies that are a part of the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).


California Highway Patrol
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California and to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage resulting from traffic collisions through enforcement and education. The California Highway Patrol provides service to the public in need of aid or information, and to assist other public agencies when appropriate and to promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout California, and to minimize exposure of the public to unsafe conditions resulting from emergency incidents and highway impediments. Finally, the CHP collaborate with local, state, and federal public safety agencies to protect California.

California Highway Patrol Amber Alert Page
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is responsible for statewide coordination of AMBER ALERT and the other emergency response activities associated with a child abduction. The CHP is ready to assist in the recovery of an abducted child with statewide notifications of child abduction information. In this role, the CHP provides law enforcement agencies with assistance in the following areas:


Emergency Digital Information Service (EDIS)
EDIS delivers official information about emergencies and disasters to law enforcement, news media and the public in California. Electronic emergency bulletins posted to EDIS are available by e-mail and pager from various providers, who voluntarily provide this service. In addition, text messages and color images and graphics can be posted on the EDIS Web site (edis.oes.ca.gov) for access by the media, law enforcement agencies and the public.


Centers for Disease Control, Emergency Preparedness and Response 
This site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.


Federal Bureau of Investigation, War on Terrorism
This site partners with law enforcement, intelligence, military and diplomatic circles to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives in the United States and to help dismantle terrorist networks worldwide.


Federal Emergency Management Agency
Develops and delivers emergency management and first responder training programs; coordinates and develops plans, resources and national standards for emergency response operations; develops and coordinates assessments and exercises; oversees community response plans for chemical and nuclear hazards.


Federal Emergency Management Agency, Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Practical information on how families can prepare for any disaster. Hazard-specific safety tips and information about preparedness and protection related to most natural and technological disasters, and terrorism.


Homeland Security Regional Training Program
The Regional Training Program (RTP) is an innovative collaboration between Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Fire/CAL FIRE, Riverside County Department of Public Health and Riverside County Office of Education. A team of seven members from these agencies work together to develop training and programming in a multi-disciplinary, all-hazard approach to Homeland Security.


Keys to Safer Schools
Not-for-profit organization which supplies training and materials to schools, youth organizations and law enforcement agencies.


National Association of School Psychologists
Crisis resources, guidelines and materials.


National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI)
Seeks to increase communication and cooperation between emergency managers and the disability community, and to educate people with disabilities about what they can do to be prepared.


Riverside County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services
Lead agency to first responders in matters of emergency preparation and disaster responsibility. Emergency power, food, water and supplies. Riverside County Operational Area emergency command, operations and support centers.


PBS Parents
Talking with kids about war and violence.


Riverside County Public Health Agency
Services focusing on the prevention of threats to environmental health, transmission of communicable disease and substance abuse; treatment for serious mental, emotional and/or substance abuse problems; emergency medical services coordination and disaster planning.

  1. Emergency Preparedness and Response. Information and guidance on domestic preparation for biological and chemical terrorism. The Riverside County Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch works to prepare the County and its health care system to respond to acts of terrorism and other public health emergencies.
  2. Disease Control. Provides health alerts, advisories and press releases


Riverside County Sheriff Department


School Bus Drivers "Watch for Suspicious Items and Behaviors" Poster (PDF, 954 KB)
TSA's Highway and Motor Carrier division is proud to offer the School Bus Drivers "Watch for Suspicious Items and Behaviors" poster. At the bottom of the poster is a section called "Suspicious Reporting Number." Any appropriate reporting number can be written in this section (main dispatch number, local authorities, or state or local terrorist or crime Tips line). Check with your state or local law enforcement officials to see if a reporting tips number exists and write it in the space provided.


USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management
Technologies in fire management and suppression; mobilization and tracking systems; support of Federal, State, and internal fire partners.


US Department of Education, Emergency Planning
Information school leaders need to plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.


U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS)s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center
The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans.


US Department of Homeland Security
Responsible for border and transportation security; prevention of terrorist activity within the United States; reduction of America's vulnerability to terrorism; minimization of danger from potential attacks and natural disasters; ensuring emergency response professionals are prepared for any threat or situation.


US Department of Homeland Security, Be Ready
How citizens can plan, prepare and react during a threat or attack.


US Environmental Protection Agency, Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response
Chemical emergency preparedness and prevention; oil spill program; emergency response program.


White House
Issues, news, appointments, offices, major speeches.