Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), Emergency Planning Web site
Thiswebsite provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts. Accessible at: http://www.ed.gov/emergencyplan
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance CenterA primary service coordinated by the Center is providing responses to emergency planning questions and technical assistance needs. Requests for assistance could range from samples of emergency plans; strategies and materials to help with staff trainings; tips for creating buy-in with stakeholders; and/or help evaluating REMS plans. Center staff collaborate with a network of local and national crisis planning experts to provide answers to REMS-related questions and to meet any specific technical assistance needs. In addition, the Center publishes a variety of newsletters on specific topics (REMS Express, Helpful Hints, Lessons Learned). Information on NIMS training for schools is also on this website. Links are available to a comprehensive list of resources. Accessible at http://rems.ed.gov/index.cfm
Emergency Management for Schools Webcasts
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) sponsors Emergency Management for Schools trainings to provide support to school staff and administrators interested in enhancing their preparedness efforts. Emphasis for the Emergency Management for Schools trainings is placed on emergency management plan development within the framework of the four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. In 2007, OSDFS filmed one of the Emergency Management for Schools training meetings so that it could be archived and made available to school personnel across the country. On this site, viewers can access four one-hour Web casts, each featuring one of the four phases of emergency management. These Web casts can be played in conjunction with the Power Point presentations made available at the following Web sites to enhance schools' training experience.
Accessible at http://www.connectlive.com/events/depteduphilly0207/
Emergency Management Institute
This website contains links to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses.
Accessible at http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp
Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Communities and Schools
The U.S. Department of Education has developed this guide to provide schools and their communities with a general introduction to crisis management as it applies to schools and basic guidelines for developing school crisis management plans. Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Communities and Schools outlines the four phases of crisis planning (mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery) and provides checklists of the critical issues encountered in each phase. The Guide also provides information on specific elements of crisis management, including leadership, communication and the Incident Command System (ICS).
Accessible at: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/crisisplanning.pdf
Searching for Shelter: A Safety Guide to Natural Disasters
A collection of links on how to prepare and respond to earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis.