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Don’t leave emergency planning until the last minute

November, 2015


How many times do you think students have been told “don’t leave it until the last minute” in reference to doing homework or studying for exams? Even after years of hearing this phrase repeated, people are still inclined to put off completing the not-so-fun tasks in life.

Emergencies are the sort of thing that we don’t think about until they occur. But when they do happen, it’s all we can think about.

Even though it’s tempting to wind down for the year as final assemblies and prize-givings roll around, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been. Across New Zealand there wasn’t a month that went by without the need for some type of emergency communication between school and parents.

From extreme weather events such as heavy rain and flooding, to criminal threats involving firearms, schools around the country were forced to implement emergency response plans.

Look to 2016 and ask yourself the question “Am I prepared for any type of emergency at school?”

Plan ahead. Stay in control. Don’t leave evaluating your emergency plan until the last minute.

To help manage your emergency planning, School-links is holding an open webinar ‘Staying in control and effectively responding to emergencies at school’ on 26 November 2015. To find out more and register, click here.

What you don’t know about Emergency Response Planning

November, 2015


There are many government emergency planning resources available for schools and early childhood centres. Few include the practical lessons learnt by school leaders and early childhood centre managers that have overseen a genuine emergency response.

As an innovator in the field of Emergency Response communication tools, School-links has acquired a wealth of insight from partner schools that have survived earthquakes, weather events and lockdowns.

In this webinar School-links shares some of the lesser known challenges you will face when tackling an emergency and how best to respond, from the horse’s mouth – those schools that have been faced with an emergency scenario.


  • An opportunity to ask questions
  • An emergency response checklist (slightly different from that of the Ministry)
  • A list of further resources

Webinar details

Topic: Emergency Response Planning

Who: Andrew Balfour from School-links will be running the webinar

When: Thu, Nov 26, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM NZDT

Register: Click here