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Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

On June 18, 2013, the White House released guides for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and houses of worship. These guides align with and build upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and are the first joint product of the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services on this critical topic. The guides are customized to each type of community, incorporate lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the tornadoes in Oklahoma. IHEs can use the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE Guide) to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

IHE Guide

The intended audience of this guidance document is individuals and planning teams at IHEs. View titles of the chapters within this publication below:

  • “Introduction and Purpose”
  • “Planning Principles”
  • “The Planning Process”
  • “Plan Content”
  • “A Closer Look”

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