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New -- Updated Version of EOP ASSIST - A Software Application for K-12 Schools, School Districts, Regional Education Agencies, and State Agencies
Several years ago, the REMS TA Center created two school emergency operations plan (EOP) generator tools that education agencies can download and install/use for FREE to create a customized EOP. Both tools were recently updated. The EOP ASSIST is the REMS TA Center's software application designed to help schools create and update high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs). This application, available free of charge, walks users through the six-step planning process recommended in the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and exports a customized and downloadable school EOP.
New -- The Role of Districts in Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of Education (Department) under Contract Number EDESE12O0036 with Synergy Enterprises, Inc. Madeline Sullivan served as the contracting officer’s representative for the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center. This guide, The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (District Guide) (PDF – 5.7 MB) complements the earlier School Guide by recommending specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staffs. We recommend that district-level representatives involved in emergency management familiarize themselves with the School Guide before turning to this District Guide to better understand how they can best assume their complementary role in planning and fulfilling their responsibilities. While diversity exists among school districts (e.g., large, small, urban, suburban, rural) and their resources (including staff size and skills), the process this guide describes is intended to be flexible enough to accommodate this diversity.
Realizing how daunting the subject of school safety planning can be, especially for administrators with multiple responsibilities, the Center has developed these suggested steps for districts to take/review as you strive to build your plans. These ten steps will incorporate best practices and help your district be compliant with the Safe Schools Act. Also, check out the CSSRC’s Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan Checklist Combined with the six US Federal Government Agencies’ Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.
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