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So.....What exactly IS Emergency Management? The short and sweet definition of Emergency Management, from our perspective, is "the art of managing emergencies". That's really what it boils down to. What that includes, however, is far different for everyone involved from first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, etc.), to schools (administrators, teachers, bus drivers, maintenance staff, etc.), to communities, to parents, to students, and to families. The principles of emergency management can, therefore, be very broadly applied to fit a variety of disaster or emergency situations.

 

That being said, there are ALWAYS four distinct phases to emergency management:

 

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There really is no beginning and no end.

 

Click here for more information on Mitigation and how it may apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on Preparedness and how it may apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on Response and how it may apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on Recovery and how it may apply to school safety.

 

In addition, when engaging in school safety activities, everyone must also be aware there are several other things necessary for completion:

 

Click here for more information on Planning and how it does apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on Training and how it does apply to school safety. Note: Formal emergency management training is available to you through FEMA, your own state and local emergency management agencies, the Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security. It can be accessed by clicking on the Other Resources tab on this website, finding the right training for you, and clicking on the link to that training.

Click here for more information on Exercising and how it does apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on the National Response Framework and how it does apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on the National Incident Management System and how it does apply to school safety.

Click here for more information on the Incident Command System and how it does apply to school safety.

 

It is very important for anyone engaging in the types of activities suggested in this website to have a basic grasp of the language used in the emergency management and first response communities, and to have a basic understanding of what emergency management is all about.