Emergency Management Planning for Schools Resources
Resources by Topic
- Bullying and Harassment
- Bus Safety
- Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
- Drills and Exercises
- Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)
- Positive Learning Environments
- Prevention and Mitigation
- School Health
- Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs
- Suicide Prevention
- Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
- Weather-related Emergencies
Bullying and Harassment
Please see the Bullying Prevention and Intervention page on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website
Back to School Safety, National Safety Council
Driving Safely —School Buses, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Annex with Related Resources, REMS Technical Assistance Center
Continuity of Operations Planning, Specialized Training Package, REMS Technical Assistance Center
Drills and Exercises
Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools: Conducting Exercises and Drills Toolkit contains documents to assist in planning and evaluating exercises and drills, tabletop scenarios, and developing after-action resorts/improvement plans
Emergency Operations Planning (EOP)
Building Blocks to School Safety, REMS Technical Assistance Center — A Toolkit for Schools and Districts for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans
EOP Assist, REMS Technical Assistance Center — A free, web-accessible software application designed to help K-12 schools and school districts create and update high-quality school EOPs.
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, REMS Technical Assistance Center
An Action Item Worksheet helps you to identify the action items that support school EOP sustainability and implementation efforts.
Positive Learning Environment
School Climate and Emergencies, REMS Technical Assistance Center
Prevention and Mitigation
Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF). Includes NCEF Assessment Guides for School Grounds and Site Access, Outdoor Athletic Fields and Playgrounds, and more.
Education Facilities Clearinghouse's Safety Resource Page
Children and Trauma: Update for Mental Health Professionals, American Psychological Association
Coping with the Death of a Student or Staff Member, REMS Technical Assistance Center
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach, a report by U.S. Department of Homeland Safety (DHS), FEMA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Red Cross, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Databases to assist in family reunification in an emergency:
Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Special Needs/ Functional and Access Needs
Best Practices for Evacuating and Sheltering Individuals with Special Needs, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During and After Emergencies, National Council on Disability
Integrating the needs of students and staff with disabilities and other access and functional needs, Specialized Training Package, REMS Technical Assistance Center
My Personal Emergency Plan, Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance Preparedness Project, Western Mass Ready
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Suicide Prevention Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
Common Natural and Human-Made Disasters in Massachusetts found on the Ready Massachusetts webpage.
Threat and Hazard Type Examples — REMS Technical Assistance Center
Assessing School-Based Hazards: Hazard Assessment Checklist, FEMA
Site Assessment — examines the safety, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of the school's buildings and grounds.
- NCEF Assessment Guide: School Grounds and Site Access Control
Culture and Climate Assessment — evaluates student and staff connectedness to the school and problem behaviors.
- Safe Supportive Learning's School Climate Survey Compendia
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.
Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills: Guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), 2014
Tips for Protecting Children in Violence-Based Emergencies, Save the Children
Safe School Initiative, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Secret Service on preventing school violence.
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
Content retrieved on 7/22/2020 from: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/resources.html?section=topic.