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PUBLICATIONS & GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
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The REMS TA Center and Office of Safe and Supportive Schools produce a variety of publications and guidance documents in collaboration with Federal partners and practitioners in the fields of school and higher ed preparedness. Select a publication type below to access a list of titles by date.
Federal agencies have worked together to create joint products on critical topics in emergency management for K-12 schools and school districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs). These guidance documents align with and build upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and may be used to develop and revise high-quality emergency operations plans; understand adult sexual misconduct in the school setting and develop related policies and procedures; prevent targeted violence at schools and IHEs; and identify, assess, and manage students who may pose a threat of targeted violence at schools and IHEs. Click a link below to download a PDF copy of the guidance.
The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide (the District Guide), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2019)
Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, U.S. Department of Education (2017)
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (2013)
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE Guide), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (2013)
Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010)
Prior Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students Learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education (2008)
Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education (2004)
The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education (2004)
Technical Assistance Snapshots
The REMS TA Center is available for your technical assistance needs via email or our toll-free phone line. We respond to direct requests from school administrators and staff, district administrators, state education agency and regional education agency personnel, educators, parents, students, school safety leaders, and community partners on a variety of topics within school safety, security, and emergency preparedness. Such inquiries have resulted in the creation of technical assistance responses and snapshots. Click a topic below to download a PDF copy of a snapshot document.
Glossary of Key Terms (2014)
Federal guidance recommends that high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) for schools or institutions of higher education include threat- and hazard-specific, as well as functional, annexes. These are sections of the plan that specify the policies and procedures, as well as the responsibilities and actions, that are taken before, during, and after an emergency event. While it is important that planning teams develop their own EOPs as they work through the six-step planning process with community partners, and ultimately decide how their annexes are structured based on their work together, these sample annexes may be useful in helping to understand what the structure and content of an annex may include. Each sample annex is formatted slightly differently and reflects a very different fictional school. Click a link below to download a PDF copy of the annex.
Sample Lockdown Annex (2016)
Sample Earthquake Annex (2016)
Fact sheets explore key topics in school and higher ed preparedness and safety, security, and emergency management, and are based on research conducted by the REMS TA Center. Click an issue below to download a PDF copy of the fact sheet.
The REMS TA Center hosts Webinars and develops supplemental reading guides that accompany the presentations. Click a link below to download a PDF copy of the resource.
Federal Resources and Tools Supporting Use of The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide and the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (2019)
Evacuation Resource Guide (2018)
Recovery Resources (2017)
The REMS TA Center also creates many other resources, including toolkits, informational sheets, lists, work sheets, and tip sheets. Click an issue below to download a copy of the publication.
Form: Injured Students/Staff (2017)
EOP Review Checklist (2015)
The REMS TA Center offers free services and products on school safety, security, and emergency management. You can learn more about these products and services, which range from trainings to tools and other resources, and share information about them with your colleagues via flyers. Click a product or service below to download a PDF copy of the flyer.
Newsletters and Announcements
News & Updates from the REMS TA Center is our email newsletter. We also send out individual announcements on upcoming Webinars and Twitter Chats, new resources and information, and other REMS TA Center events. If you would like to sign up for our mailing list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click an issue below to view an HTML copy of a past newsletter or announcement.
Announcing Our New Website! (2019)
REMSExpress articles highlight emerging issues in emergency operations planning, as well as information on important resources available to schools and institutions of higher education. Contributors to newsletters include experts in school safety. Click an issue below to download a PDF copy of the publication.
Highlights From the Field (2008)
Lessons Learned are brief descriptions of actual school emergencies. They spotlight the critical actions, decisions, and events that took place before, during, and after a real incident. Lessons Learned demonstrate what worked and did not work so that all school communities can strengthen their emergency management activities throughout the six-step planning process. Click an issue below to download a PDF copy of the publication.
Success Stories offer brief profiles of specific activities, tools, or strategies developed or utilized by school districts or institutions of higher education that have been successful for schools or colleges across the country, and could be replicated by other sites. Click an issue below to download a PDF copy of the publication.
Helpful Hints provide a quick overview of school emergency preparedness topics that are frequently the subject of technical assistance inquiries. Inquiries and requests for assistance can be sent to the REMS TA Center at email@example.com or by calling toll-free 1-855-781-REMS . Click an issue below to download a PDF copy of the publication.