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The ability to communicate timely information is an important part of the work that emergency management teams do on the K-12 and higher ed levels to support state and local education agency responses before, during and after a hazard or threat occurs. As a part of their emergency operations plans (EOPs), education agencies can develop a Communications and Warning or Notification Annex that outlines clear-cut protocols for how to communicate necessary information with the whole school or campus community.

K12 Safety Practitioners
K-12 Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating a Communication and Warning Annex.
Higher Ed Safety Practitioners
Higher ed Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating a Communication and Notification Annex.

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Resources from the REMS TA Center, U.S. Department of Education, and federal agency partners on the topic of emergency communication, warning and notification within K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. They are organized based on the before, during, and after phases used to comprehensively manage emergencies.




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