School Emergency Preparedness Planning

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Maine State Statute: Requirement for School Emergency Planning
Title 20-A MRSA §1001 ¶16. Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Maine School Security Guide: Twenty Simple Strategies to Safer and More Effective Maine Schools (PDF)
A guide developed by Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International that provides school officials with practical and no-cost and low-cost security evidence and research-based strategies.

Maine School Security Report Excerpts (PDF)
A report directed by the Maine Legislature that presents results of a statewide school security assessment and some recommendations on how to improve school security.

Assessing Your School's Hazards and Risks

MEMA: School Preparedness: Self Assessment (PDF)

MEMA: School Preparedness: Self Assessment (MS Word)
School preparedness checklist for School Boards

US DOE: Educational Facilities Vulnerability/Hazard Assessment Checklist (PDF)
This checklist, a collaborative effort with the Texas School Safety Center,(TSSC), and a compilation of various resources, provides an overview of educational facility vulnerabilities and hazards that should be identified and addressed in the prevention/mitigation phase of a school's emergency management process.

US DOE/REMS: School Safety/Security/Vulnerability - Assessment Tool (PDF)
A sample school safety/security/vulnerability and assessment Tool.

US DOE/US Secret Service: Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and To Creating Safe School Climates (PDF)
Sets forth a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools.

Developing a School Emergency Operations Plan

Maine Sample School Emergency Plan (MS Word)
This model plan can be modified and used as a basis for school emergency planning. This is a sample plan only.

FEMA: Sample School Emergency Plan (PDF)
Developed for training purposes, this sample plan closely follows the format that many emergency management agencies use. It's best to review both this sample and the Maine sample to see which fits best for your school or district.

US DOE: Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities (PDF)
This Guide is intended to give schools, districts, and communities the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices.

US DOE: Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (PDF)
US Department of Education, et al, 2013. Although this guide is more recent and more closely follows emergency management EOP development guidelines, we advise using the 2007 US DOE guide for additional details and examples that this guide may not offer to the same extent.

i love you guys Foundation: Standard Reunification Method (PDF)
This is a practical method (developed by the i love you guys Foundation) to unite students with parents after an evacuation or crisis and is based on the Adams 12, Five Star School District Practices. Important to tailor and incorporate this method into your school EOP as family reunification is a critically important function.

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