DESE Emergency Management Planning

Emergency Management Planning for Schools Resources

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By Topic | From State Agencies | At the National Level

Resources by Topic

Bullying and Harassment

Bus Safety

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

Drills and Exercises

Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)


Positive Learning Environment


Prevention and Mitigation



School Health

Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs

Suicide Prevention

Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)

  • Identifying hazards

  • Assessing hazards

    • Assessing School-Based Hazards: Hazard Assessment Checklist, FEMA

    • Site Assessment — examines the safety, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of the school's buildings and grounds.

    • Culture and Climate Assessment — evaluates student and staff connectedness to the school and problem behaviors.

    • School Threat Assessment — analyzes communication and behaviors to determine whether a student, staff member, or other person may pose a threat.

    • Capacity Assessment — examines the capabilities of students and staff as well as the services and material resources of community partners.


Weather-related Emergencies

  • Follow National Weather Service's (NWS) Forecast Office — Boston/Taunton, MA

  • Sign up for Massachusetts Alerts, a free public safety alerting app including notifications on severe weather watches and warnings

Last Updated: March 20, 2020

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