School districts must create and test emergency-response plans before a disaster or other emergency situation occurs: That was the focus of a webcast hosted by the Consortium for School Networking on Jan. 8.

"A plan needs to exist before it is needed--making one on the fly is too late," said Sheryl Abshire, administrative coordinator of technology for Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish Schools, which were affected two years ago by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "Many of us have plans on a shelf, but in preparing for the unexpected you need to have a plan that you live and breathe."

Schools should identify their mission-critical...

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