|News & Updates from the REMS TA Center, Summer 2017||
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Planning Professional Development Activities for Educators This Summer? Add Emergency Preparedness and Building Safety to the Agenda!
The school year is ending for many, but we know that the work of education agencies and their community partners in safety doesn’t stop when students retreat from the classroom during summer break! With the decrease in traffic on campus, summer can serve as an ideal time for some important activities in your planning process, including reviewing emergency operations plans (EOPs) and back-to-school safety procedures with staff and other key stakeholders. The REMS TA Center offers the following recommendations to consider as schools and institutions of higher education welcome the summer season and begin to prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this July by Updating Evacuation Procedures for Your Students and Staff with Limited Mobility
July 26, 2017 marks the 27th anniversary of the signing of the ADA,
which offers requirements for state and local government agencies
providing emergency communications services, as well as other emergency
management services to prohibit discrimination and to ensure access for all.
When taking time to review your state’s or locality’s compliance with ADA,
remember that effective emergency planning integrates the needs of students,
staff, and visitors with D/AFN throughout the EOP. Consider numerous ways an
event could unfold when reviewing each of the annexes included in your
EOP, alongside the needs of the whole community, the unique features
of the school building and campus, and the school’s specific resources.
All of these actions will help to ensure that you comprehensively
meet the needs of individuals with D/AFN. It is critical to prepare
for multiple ways an event may unfold and to consider both the available
resources of the school and its partners, as well as those that are needed.
For example, in some emergency events, when the danger is imminent or
immediate, the use of a sled may be more appropriate to evacuate a person
with limited mobility; and in other incidents, it may be more appropriate
for the person and their caregiver to remain in an area of safe refuge.
Generally, there are four options available to help people with limited mobility
evacuate in the event of an emergency, depending upon the degree
to which the danger poses a risk: (1) move to an area of safe refuge
that provides safety and protection if there is no imminent danger; (2)
remain/Shelter-in-place, if safer to do so; (3) evacuate with minor
assistance for those who require limited assistance, such as provision of
a steady hand; or (4) evacuate with major assistance.
Join our #PrepareAthonforSchools Monthly Twitter Chats | Last Thursday of Each Month through August | 3 PM – 4 PM
As we work with ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) in support of the national PrepareAthon campaign, the REMS TA Center has been hosting a #PrepareAthonForSchools Twitter Chat Series since April. The series continues through August on the following topics:
We encourage you and your agency’s social media teams to join the national conversation that we started last year, which features stories, lessons learned, and key resources from states, localities and additional Federal partners. Get details on participating below:
The Twitter Chats will be held 3 PM to 4 PM EST on the last Thursday of each month through August. Don’t forget to invite your constituents to participate, too! This opportunity is open to all!
Lessons Learned from Recent Meetings, Trainings and Conferences| #REMSonTheRoad
Since April, we’ve traveled to California (Ukiah and San Bernardino);
Milliken, Colorado; Hamilton, New Jersey, and New Mexico
(Gallup and Albuquerque) to conduct live train-the-educator
trainings on earthquake preparedness and threat assessment.
We’ve also visited Virginia (Alexandria and Blacksburg) and Emmitsburg,
MD to engage, present and distribute materials at national safety
conferences including the Fifth Annual Best Practices in Higher Education
Emergency Management Conference, National Institute of Justice’s
Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Conference, and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute. During
each #REMSonTheRoad experience, we had the chance to meet school,
school district, and higher ed administrators; school resource officers
and security staff; school social workers and counselors; facilities management
staff; special educators; and cyber safety professionals to learn about
issues faced in preventing, responding to, and recovering from emergency events.
We look forward to upcoming June and July train-the-trainer and train-the-educator trainings in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; Berlin, Vermont; Mays Landing, New Jersey; and Macon, Georgia on the topics of threat assessment and developing K-12 EOPs. View a full list of the FREE trainings we offer via our Trainings by Request Web page.
Interested in hosting a training? It’s easy.
We will review your request and respond within 1
business day to confirm receipt.
Do you have staff attending the National Association of School Resource Officers Conference in Washington, DC? Have them stop by our booth to chat about school safety and emergency management, pick up free resources, and to snap a picture with our #MyPreparednessPromise banner!
Have a Question? Need a Resource? Seeking Research Support? We’re Here to Help!
Curious about a school safety topic? Wondering how to approach planning for a unique threat or hazard at your site? Need resources to support your higher ed emergency preparedness efforts? No matter the question or need, the REMS TA Center is here to help. We are available Monday—Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM EST to provide informed answers and related resources in response to your individual and unique questions on a wide variety of topics related to school safety, security, and emergency management and preparedness. Contact us via email, telephone, or our TA Request Form.
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If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the REMS TA Center at 1-855-781-REMS  or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.