In 2013, the federal government released the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE Guide), based on extensive emergency planning work by the federal government. The School Guide and IHE Guide are the first joint products of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency); the U.S. Department of Justice (led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation); the U.S Department of Health and Human Services; and the U.S. Department of Education on this critical topic. Since their release, federal agencies have continued to create interagency resources to support schools, school districts, and IHEs with emergency operations plan (EOP) development, many of which are included on this page. Within the Guides, it is recommended that emergency management planning teams at education agencies use a six-step planning process to create, revise, and refine EOPs. Since EOP planning requires input from various stakeholders, the Guides recommend collaboration with key community partners to carry out each step in the planning process. View the six steps below:
Resources from the REMS TA Center, U.S. Department of Education, and federal agency partners on the topic of EOP development. The resources are organized based on the six steps for EOP development recommended in the School Guide and IHE Guide; resources that apply to all categories are listed under the General category. Additional resources specific to scenario-based planning are also provided.
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