Each school day, our nation’s schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for approximately 55 million elementary and secondary school students in public and nonpublic schools. Like individuals, families, and businesses, schools should consider creating site-specific emergency plans.
The U.S. Department of Education‘s Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) for Schools Technical Assistance Center has a wealth of information that can assists schools in developing plans for their facility, students, and staff, including:
- EOP Assist, a free software application to develop and update high-quality, customized emergency operations plans (EOPs)
- Virtual training on a variety of topics
- Live training available by request for on-site delivery
- A searchable, online library of free, downloadable tools developed by school emergency managers in the field
- REMS technical assistance center staff are available to respond to direct requests for technical assistance on a variety of topics pertaining to emergency operations planning for schools, districts, and institutions of higher education.
Does your school have a preparedness plan? If not, perhaps you should consider volunteering to assist in the process.
Further information on planning for your school, care facility, or institution can be found by visiting The U.S. Department of Education‘s Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) for Schools Technical Assistance Center.