Crisis Planning Resources

Crisis Planning Resources Available

The Department of Education has a series of online crisis planning resources for school administrators located at . Included are the following.

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities: The U.S. Department of Education has developed a guide to provide schools and communities with basic guidelines and useful ideas on how to develop emergency response and crisis management plans.

School Emergency Response and Crisis Management Plan Discretionary Grant Program: The U.S. Department of Education announces a discretionary grant competition to provide school districts with funds to strengthen and improve current school crisis plans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education Collaborate to Help Schools Prepare for Possible Terrorism: This Website provides state and local education, health, emergency management, law enforcement, and homeland security agencies with updated information on biological, chemical, and radiological threats; answers questions about school preparedness and response; and describes the roles of partnering agencies in the case of a terrorist threat.

The Three R’s to Dealing With Trauma in Schools: Readiness, Response, and Recovery: This teleconference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Harvard School of Public Health, explores issues related to trauma, its impact on children, and implications for schools and school personnel.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities — Disaster Preparedness for Schools: This clearinghouse provides a list of links, books, and articles on building or retrofitting schools to withstand natural disasters and terrorism, developing emergency preparedness plans, and using school buildings to shelter community members during emergencies.

The Safe School Initiative — A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates and Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States: The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service collaborated to produce two reports that outline a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools as well as ideas for creating safe school climates.

Project SERV: School Emergency Response to Violence: Project SERV provides education-related services to school districts where the learning environment has been disrupted because of a violent or traumatic crisis. Funds may be used to assist schools facing an undue financial hardship in providing extraordinary services because of an event that has had a traumatic effect on the learning environment.