Valorisation of the major risks prevention programs in the educational institutions

The Orange Shield is a distinction rewarding preparedness for natural and technological hazards – especially in case of weather warning. It follows a two-track approach, both operational (via planning and the teaching of behaviours) and cultural (through knowledge). It complies with the spirit of the modernization-of-the-civil-security law, which emphasizes the individual and collective role of every citizen.


Linked to the issues of natural and technological hazards, the Orange Shield also permits to orientate a thinking towards the alliances of citizenship and health education, sustainable development education and education on liability in the school environment. Disciplinary education programs and institutions projects are integrated in this mobilizing approach.

The Orange Shield is awarded after an annual self-assesment test via a questionnaire filled in by the headteacher. It does not aim at exhaustivity but rather at the essential : what is of paramount importance in the prevention of risks in an institution attended by a young public.

To be awarded the Orange Shield for one school year also means seeking progress in the search of resilience of these institutions and raising awareness among the educational community, parents, local authorities and other educational partners. The display of this award can also be a mobilizing event for the pupils in the institution and the city.

Inititated by the french Ministry of Sustainable Development, this action is jointly conducted by the Institute for the Major Hazards and Environmental Protection Training ( and the French High Committee for Civil Defense (




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