Managing Risk in the School
Climate change poses new hazards to schools and heightens preexisting ones. Every day we hear news of some community in the world being adversely affected by natural phenomena such as excess water (floods, landslides), extreme winds, or drought. Such events may leave communities without access to a reliable supply of drinking water, create conditions conducive to the spread of fires, force school closures, and affect the economy. Schools mirror their communities. Just as they face the same risks, they can implement some of the same strategies to counteract the factors that generate those risks lowering them and mitigating the possibility of disaster.