Emergency plans. Crisis Response Plans. What should they be called? To be perfectly honest, it really doesn't matter. What matters is the "process", not the plan itself.





There are multiple "sites within a site" when looking for information on emergency planning for schools on the FEMA website. There is also training available in this area. To get started, we recommend FEMA's Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning For Schools Toolkit.


FEMA also has a Sample School Emergency Operations Plan to use as a "template" or model plan. As with all templates, please be aware copying and pasting has its own inherent risks. Critical planning issues for one jurisdiction may not, and probably will not, be the same as for your jurisdiction.


A "newer" resource from FEMA has also been released. It's called Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.

A companion to this document is called Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education.



U.S. Department of Education

In our opinion, the single most important document provided by the U.S. Department of Education is Practical Information on Crisis Planning.


Other pages you might also find helpful are:

Lead and Manage My School: Emergency Planning

Lead and Manage My School: Practical Information on Crisis Planning Brochure


Each of the above pages also has links to other references. It would be a very good idea to familiarize yourself with virtually everything being offered.