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New School Year Emergency Management Planning—The Role of School Districts
Welcome back to a new school year! Emergency management staff and leaders within school districts can do various things at the start of the school year to prepare schools for success in safety planning. We’ve included some ideas to help school districts do just that below. Do you have other ideas on how school districts can support schools with emergency management planning at the start of each school year? Share them in our Community of Practice. We’ve created a forum just for that purpose: http://rems.ed.gov/COP/REMSCOPforum/topics.aspx?ForumID=103.
Support the Individual Preparedness of Students at Your Institution of Higher Education (IHE) This Back-to-School Season
As students begin to return to IHEs and settle into a new school year, this is a great opportunity to capitalize their desire and motivation to be involved in campus activities and treat them as partners in ensuring their campus is better prepared for emergencies.
It’s That Time of Year Again! National Preparedness Month Is Here and the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Is Around the Corner. Are You Ready?
The start of National Preparedness Month kicks off in September and the REMS TA Center is joining the call to promote the weekly themes that schools and IHEs can use to participate in the national movement to “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” To view the weekly themes for this year, visit: www.ready.gov/september.
Thank you to everyone who joined the U.S. Department of Education and the REMS TA Center in celebrating America’s PrepareAthon! earlier this year via participation in Twitter chats on severe weather preparedness. Search #PrepareAthonforSchools on Twitter to track some of the action. Not on Twitter? That’s ok. You can also view resources shared during the series here: http://rems.ed.gov/COP/REMSCOPforum/topics.aspx?ForumID=97.
Social media is a great way to engage your state education agency, local education agency, school, or school district in national conversations on school safety, emergency preparedness, school climate and other topics that school leaders, staff, parents, and whole school communities find important. Since initiating the @remstacenter profile last September as a part of the 2015 National PrepareAthon! Day, we have connected with more than 500 national, state, and local level leaders and individuals via Twitter chats and daily connections and have witnessed a lot of great examples of preparedness within schools across the country. Thank you to everyone who has followed us, shared our posts, and participated in conversations we’ve held via Twitter! You’ve made our online presence worthwhile! We’d love to have you join weekly Twitter Chats we’re hosting at 2 p.m. ET to celebrate America’s PrepareAthon! and National Preparedness Month. See details below.
September 1 – Week 1: Kick-off week to National Preparedness Month
Join us for a Twitter Chat to promote participation in National Preparedness Month among K-12 schools and school districts and IHEs. Use #=PrepareAthonforSchools (K-12) and #CampusPrepareAthon (IHEs) to chat.
September 8 – Week 2: Preparing Family and Friends
Join us for a Twitter chat to share ideas you can use to engage friends and family in preparedness activities during the back-to-school season. Use PrepForSchool to chat.
September 15 – Week 3: Preparing Through Service
Join us for a Twitter Chat to share ideas on how you work with community organizations or neighbors in your school community to support each other in preparedness. Use #WholeSchoolCommunityto chat.
September 22 – Week 4: Focus on Individual Preparedness
Join us for a Twitter Chat to share ideas on how you can ensure equity and access when promoting individual preparedness. Use #PrepStartsWithYou to chat.
September 29 – Week 5: Lead up to 30th, National Preparedness Day
Join us for a Twitter Chat where we will share how schools, districts, and IHEs can register activities on the FEMA Website and offer states a chance to share chances for staff and students to participate in local events before and on National PrepareAthon Day. Use #NatlPrep to chat.
ShakeOut Your Earthquake Awareness Skills. Join the Nation as We Drop (or Brake), Cover, and Hold on! This October 20, 2016!
View the K-12 school and school district participants here: http://shakeout.org/participant_list.php?category=schools
View the college and university participants here: http://shakeout.org/participant_list.php?category=colleges
Making EOP Revision or Development a Priority This Back-to-School Season? Use Our FREE Tools!
As another school year begins, emergency management planning teams around the country are engaging in preparedness activities, and the REMS TA Center offers a suite of EOP Interactive Tools to assist you in this process. Whether you are a newly formed planning team, have an existing EOP, or have prioritized developing your EOP this academic year, there is a tool for you!
Individuals who are newly joining their planning team may use EOP ASSESS to test their knowledge of concepts fundamental to emergency management and ensure that they are on the same page as other members of the planning team. Similarly, returning team members may use EOP ASSESS to refresh their understanding of EOP planning and identify areas for learning opportunities.
Schools or IHEs with existing EOPs may use EOP EVALUATE to determine areas of their plan to revise during the academic year. Schools may then use EOP ASSIST 2.0 Software or the EOP ASSIST Interactive Workbook to revise those areas of their school EOP.
Schools that do not currently have EOPs may use EOP ASSIST 2.0 Software or the EOP ASSIST Interactive Workbook to start developing their plans. These tools both walk users through the six-step planning process with supporting resources and generate a customized EOP. As the school year progresses, teams may continue to use these tools to enhance sections of their school plans.
If you have any questions about using any of the EOP Interactive Tools, including installing EOP ASSIST 2.0 Software on your organization’s server or customizing the EOP ASSIST Interactive Workbook to include state and/or local laws, please contact the REMS TA Center Help Desk by calling our toll-free telephone number 1-855-781-REMS , emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitting a TA request form.
Snapshots From Our EOP Planning Webinar Series
Addressing Access and Functional Needs (AFN) in School and Higher Education EOPs Webinar| #InclusivePreparedness Twitter Chat
Blindness, difficulty hearing, broken leg, foreign languages. These are just some of the disabilities and AFN discussed during our July 29 Addressing Access and Functional Needs (AFN) in School and Higher Education Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) Webinar, the first in our EOP Planning Webinar series. This Webinar was special not only because it covered perspectives from the state level, the K-12 level, and the higher education level, but also because it was held 3 days after the 26th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you missed it, don’t worry! We’ve created an archived version just for you. View it here: http://rems.ed.gov/AFN2016Webinar.aspx.
Highlights From the #InclusivePreparedness Twitter Chat:
Q2: What has your agency done to ensure those w/ AFN are considered when planning for school/higher ed emergencies?
Q4: What partnerships are important when supporting students & staff with access & functional needs + disabilities?
Q5: Do you offer any special #emergencyprep resources to student/staff w/ access and functional needs?
Did you miss the first couple of Webinars in our EOP Planning and Adversarial- and Human-Caused Threats Webinars series? Don’t fret. It’s not too late to register for the rest. Register at: http://remstacenter.org/webinars/Registration1.aspx?webinarid=1075. The remaining Webinars in these series will be 1 hour in length and begin at 2 p.m. Eastern/ 1 p.m. Central/ 12 p.m. Mountain/ 11 a.m. Pacific/ 10 a.m. Alaska/ 9 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian. See details below.
Friday, September 2: Use of Social Media in School Behavioral Threat Assessments
Wednesday, September 7: Integrating Bullying Prevention Efforts Into Emergency Management Planning
Friday, September 9: Incorporating Sextortion Into School EOP Planning
Friday, September 16: State and Local Perspectives on Emergency Management Back to School Activities
Host a Free Training at Your School, School District, College or University. It's Free!
Does your school or school district need training from experts on how to develop a high-quality EOP or on resilience strategies for educators? Does your IHE need guidance to help revise your EOP too? We offer FREE training to qualified schools, school districts, and IHEs. You provide the training venue, we provide the expert trainer, onsite logistical staff, and materials at no cost. For further details please visit: http://rems.ed.gov/TA_TrainingsByRequest.aspx