Resources for Creating School Emergency Plans

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center Introduces New Tools for School Emergency Planning

Winter presents many hazards at a school: icy roads and sidewalks, the spread of colds and the flu, and potentially dangerously low temperatures. Spring brings its own perils, including flooding. These and other risks require careful planning, and now is a great time to revisit your school’s emergency plan.

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center supports schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education in developing high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs).

Emergency planning can seem like an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t need to be. The REMS TA Center recently developed three new EOP Interactive Tools to assist schools and community partners in their emergency planning efforts:
  • EOP Assess: Evaluates individuals’ understanding of the process for developing and maintaining EOPs, and provides customized information to reinforce and enhance understanding.
  • EOP Assist: Helps school and school district emergency management planning teams design EOPs that align with federal guidelines.
  • EOP Evaluate: Walks users through evaluating and improving their EOPs.

To learn more about these tools or for general technical assistance, please visit the REMS TA Center website at, email the REMS TA Center at, or call them toll-free at 1-855-781-7367.

Delaware Specific Resources

School Preparedness Blog
Department of Education: School Climate & Discipline: Useful links for the development of school emergency preparedness plans:
  1. State of Delaware Model School Incident Response Plan
  2. Department of Education Guidelines Crisis Response Plans
  3. Emergency Preparedness Guidelines and Checklist for Emergency Preparedness Coordinators in Local Educational Agencies

School Safety Procedures Guide from DEMA:

School and Classroom Resources (Word Documents)

Example from Caesar Rodney's Handbook:
Fire and Emergency Preparedness Drills
"Fire drills are held monthly in accordance with the Delaware fire regulations. In addition, local disaster preparedness plans require that emergency preparedness drills be held two times a year. Also, an annual school safety drill is conducted in each school. Students are instructed by classroom teachers concerning the procedures that will be used in conducting these drills."


  1. Most School Districts Have Developed Emergency Management Plans, But Would Benefit From Additional Federal Guidance:

Other Resources

  1. Facing Down Catastrophe: Disaster Planning for Schools:
  2. Keeping Schools Safe:
  3. Developing and Updating Emergency Management Plans for Schools
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center also offers resources for developing and updated an emergency management plan through its. “Steps for Developing a School Emergency Management Plan” and “Components of Comprehensive School and School District Emergency Management” Plans.
    These two newsletters help provide a thorough overview on the components recommended for the creation of a comprehensive school and district emergency management plan, as well as recommended steps for developing a school emergency management plan.
  4. "Here is a school preparedness video entitled YES-TV: Emergency Preparedness at Mountain View High School. This video highlights the school preparedness network (students, school faculty and administration, school district, first responders: police, fire, medical) in action transitioning from static paper-based plans towards dynamic capability based training complete with an assessment at all levels to capture observations, lessons learned, and issues requiring future resolution. This video also touches on the importance of establishing Incident Command Posts (ICP) at all levels and how critical communications is in order to maintain command and control of an incident at all levels to leverage the capability of the entire school preparedness network."
  5. Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
  6. Lessons Learned From School Crises and Emergencies