School Emergency Planning
In times of disasters, schools serve as key emergency management partners to federal, state, local, tribal, territory and private sector organizations. Natural, technological, and health hazards can all affect daily school operations. Schools are encouraged to regularly review, update and exercise their emergency plans.
Below are resources that can assist you in school emergency planning:
On June 18, 2013, the White House released guides for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs) and Houses of Worship. These guides align and build upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and are the first joint product of DHS, DOJ, ED and HHS on this critical topic. The guides are customized to each type of community, incorporate lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Schools, IHEs and Houses of Worship can use them to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels. View the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans in its entirety, below.
To better understand the content of an effective school emergency operations plan visit the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center website.