Vulnerability Assessment

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A Guide to School Vulnerability Assessment: Key Principles for Safe Schools  |  en Español

  • This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities and emphasizes ongoing vulnerability assessment as a valuable part of emergency management planning. This guide is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool.

Creating a Safe School Building

Educational Facilities Vulnerability / Hazard Assessment Checklist

  • Vulnerability assessment is the ongoing process through which school districts and campuses identify and evaluate potential risks, and areas of weakness, capable of adversely impacting the campus or school system (The United States Department of Education, 2008). As a result of varying characteristics, assessments must be customized to fit the physical environment, culture, and resources of each educational facility.
  • This checklist 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.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    • This guide (2nd ed., 2018) provides preventative and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The guide is delivered in two parts: the first portion is a pdf with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is a Microsoft Excel-based security survey. Together these documents outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school's response to the survey. While the primary audience for the guide is the k-12 community, institutions of higher education and pre-k schools may also benefit.  
    • This guide (2nd ed., 2018) provides preventative and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The guide is delivered in two parts: the first portion is a pdf with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is a Microsoft Excel-based security survey. Together these documents outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school's response to the survey. While the primary audience for the guide is the k-12 community, institutions of higher education and pre-k schools may also benefit.  
    • This document provides a compilation of preparedness resources available in Colorado.

The Vulnerability Assessment Process

  • This archived webinar, recorded in 2011, is presented by Dr. Arthur Cummins and hosted by the Texas Center for Educational Facilities (formerly American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities).
  • In this online learning opportunity, content and resources will be shared to support a strategic approach to assessing matters of safety and security in school settings.  Current research will be cited and you will be directed to a broad scope of resources to support your learning in this area.  A variety of tools will be discussed to support implementation at the local level.  Outcomes from this session will allow you to activate and mobilize a call to action.

 

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