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Department of Education.  Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, in partnership with our Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center, is pleased to announce the release of two new publications and three special topic courses added to the online course catalog.

Thank you again for your interest, and best of luck with your continued work.
REMS TA Center Team
(866) 540-7367 

NEW! The REMS TA Center is pleased to announce the release of two new publications in our Success Stories series

"Promoting Emergency Preparedness Among Non-English Speaking Students" describes how Miami Dade College (MDC) developed multilingual informative videos for communicating important information on emergency operations and preparedness to its ethnically and linguistically diverse students and staff.

"Code Blue: Seton Hall University Website for Emergency Preparedness and Response" details how Seton Hall University (NJ) developed a website to introduce students and faculty members to emergency management issues. The publication details the contents of the site, and what Seton Hall University did to develop, implement, and promote the site.

Success Stories is a series prepared by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the REMS TA Center. Success Stories offer a brief profile of specific practices developed by school districts or universities that were created through leveraging resources, are proven successful, and are replicable by other sites. View all Success Stories  
We are always eager to profile effective practices developed by school districts or universities. If you are interested in profiling your institution's achievements in one of these publications, please submit a short description of your "success story" and your complete contact information to the REMS TA Center via email at: so that we may consider your story for a future publication.

The REMS TA Center is pleased to announce that three new courses have been added to the online School Emergency Management Course Series, a tool being offered to provide emergency management training for schools.
  • Food Defense for Schools: Essential to a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
  • Conducting a Safety Audit at Schools: Inspecting School Buildings, Grounds, and the Surrounding Community
  • Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) in School Emergency Management
The U.S. Department of Education has developed a series of online courses on school emergency management. This training is available to all schools and to others interested in learning more about this important subject. All of the online courses provide guidelines, checklists, and specific action items for school officials to consider. The courses often include case study scenarios on emergency incidents at schools, giving learners an opportunity to practice their emergency management decision-making skills.

The new courses are NOW AVAILABLE on the Web site here:

The REMS TA Center offers on-site trainings on a limited basis, via request, to school districts and institutions of higher education.
Emergency Management-101

This four-hour overview of the four phases of emergency management-Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery-will provide school districts and emergency management teams with a basic understanding of the key components of an emergency management plan, and the elements central to school emergency preparedness through an all-hazards approach. The training's purpose is to expand and enhance emergency management planning efforts throughout your district and schools.

NEW! Adult Sexual Misconduct: Prevention and Management

As part of an all-hazards emergency management plan, school districts must prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from critical incidents. This includes incidents of adult sexual misconduct. It is critical that all school personnel demonstrate appropriate behavior in order to prevent incidents or allegations of sexual misconduct. The school community needs to be prepared to recognize questionable behavior and respond appropriately if sexual misconduct is suspected. Finally, by working together, schools need to understand how to recover following an incident or allegation of sexual misconduct.

Safe School Initiative Threat Assessment Training

This training session presents the findings from the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative (SSI), a study that focused on the thinking, planning, and other behaviors engaged in by K-12 students who carried out attacks on schools.

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