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Managing Memorials and Anniversaries as a Part of Overall School and Higher Ed Safety Planning

Event Date: September 20, 2019


  • Michele Gay, Safe & Sound Schools;
  •  Kristina Anderson, Koshka Foundation;
  •  Madeline Sullivan, U.S. Department of Education's (the Department/ED) Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS); and
  •  Janelle W. Hughes,REMS TA Center.



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Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes

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In this Webinar, presenters discussed the importance of creating a plan to manage memorials and anniversaries as a part of overall school and higher ed safety planning. Michele Gay of Safe & Sound Schools and Kristina Anderson of the Koshka Foundation joined the Webinar to discuss why schools should develop a trauma-informed approach to planning and to share lessons learned about memorializing anniversaries. ED and REMS TA Center staff discussed the importance of integrating plans to manage memorials and anniversaries into overall emergency operations plans, as well as provided information specific to managing donations and volunteers as a part of planning around this topic. The presentation concluded with a Question and Answer session and was followed by a Web Chat.

The Department's OSSS, formerly the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, and its REMS TA Center hosted this Webinar to provide schools and institutions of higher education with information on creating a plan to manage memorials and anniversaries as a part of overall school and higher ed safety planning. While the live Webinar offered opportunities to respond to individual and unique questions from stakeholders and practitioners, the archived Webinar serves as a resource to help practitioners understand the importance of using a trauma-informed approach to planning, hear lessons learned about memorializing anniversaries, and learn how to integrate it into school and higher ed emergency management planning and emergency operations plans.

This Webinar recording is played back through Adobe Connect using an Internet connection.