Our Allies in School and Campus Emergency Management
When emergencies happen at schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), a variety of groups and individuals step in to support the response and recovery process on campus and within school buildings. In the same way, school and campus emergency prevention, protection, and mitigation are not solitary efforts. They require close collaboration between groups and individuals at the national, state, and local levels who have different skill sets but a shared mission—to ensure the safety of students while attending K-12 schools and IHEs across the country.
At the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, collaboration is also an important part of the work we do to provide comprehensive support to emergency management practitioners in the fields of school and higher ed emergency management. We have and will continue to partner with federal agencies, .gov-operated Technical Assistance Centers, and state and local education agencies to do a variety of things, including the following:
- Participate in federal and national campaigns that promote awareness and preparedness;
- Develop resources and tools for use by individuals, planning teams, and community partners at schools, school districts, and IHEs;
- Host Virtual Meetings, Webinars, Twitter Chats, and Community of Practice Chats on key topics in K-12 and higher ed emergency management; and
- Develop guidance documents such as the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide),
the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Education (IHE Guide), and
The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (District Guide), which involved collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Education (ED); Homeland Security (DHS), led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Health and Human Services (HHS); and Justice (DOJ), led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On this page, we feature brief descriptions of the federal agencies and .gov-operated Technical Assistance Centers that work to support emergency management across the nation. These organizations provide useful information, products, and opportunities to the stakeholders they serve.
Learn more about their mission and the populations each entity serves, as well as view collaborative resources we have developed with some of the partners, by selecting the name of an agency or organization below. (Please note that the stakeholder populations listed for each agency reflect the target audiences as listed on the respective agency site.)
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture