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The National Preparedness System emphasizes that when planning for emergencies, agencies should take into account the range of threats and hazards for which they may be at risk. They can do this by conducting risk and vulnerability assessments, and by using insight from state, local, and federal community partners in emergency management and public safety to inform the development of threat- and hazard-specific annexes for inclusion within emergency operations plans (EOPs). When creating annexes, it is recommended that emergency management planning teams within schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs) consider the before, during, and after phases and all five mission areas—prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Risk and vulnerability assessments may be conducted during Step 2: Understand the Situation in the EOP planning process.

K12 Safety Practitioners
K-12 Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating a Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annex.
Higher Ed Safety Practitioners
Higher ed Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating a Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annex.

What’s on this page?

Resources from the REMS TA Center, U.S. Department of Education, and federal agency partners on the topic of planning for all hazard and threat types that may occur within K-12 schools and IHEs. The resources are organized into two categories: Education-Specific Resources and National Campaigns, Systems, and Tools.

Education Agency-Specific Resources

National Campaigns, Systems, and Tools

Are you seeking specific resources or information? Visit any of the site sections below to expand your search!

  • State-Based Information: Access our State Emergency Management Resources page for info on your state.
  • Tool Box: Visit the Tool Box to view resources developed by other practitioners in the field.
  • Advanced Search Engine: Search for resources, tools, and Web pages by topic.
  • Resources page: View pages dedicated to select topics in school and higher ed emergency management, including national preparedness campaigns.
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