As America prepares to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29, school districts and education leaders are being encouraged to begin a new school year with renewed efforts to develop and strengthen disaster preparedness.

Organized by the Hurricane Education Leadership Program (HELP) Team, coordinated by Terry Smithson and Melinda Dinin of Intel, ed-tech experts and emergency-preparedness school staff members attended a webinar Aug. 23 that highlighted the need for schools to have solid emergency plans in place. The web-based gathering also considered steps that educational institutions should take to prepare for potential disasters.

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