An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
Presenters: David Esquith, U.S. Department of Education and Donald "Doc"
Lumpkins, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Supporting Presenters: Gwen Camp and Kate Pillman, Federal Emergency Management
Agency and Katherine Schweit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
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On Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of
Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency
Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center held a 90-minute
webinar to provide an overview of the recently released
for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.
In January 2013, President Obama put forward his “Now is the Time” plan to
reduce gun violence. One of the executive actions put forth in his plan was the
development of this new guide by the Departments of Education; Justice, led by
the FBI; Homeland Security, led by FEMA; and Health and Human Services.
The guide will help schools develop and implement high-quality emergency
operations plans (EOPs), and describes the principles and processes that will
help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices
at the national, state, and local levels.
These webinars were conducted in collaboration with all of the Federal agencies
that worked together to develop the guides, and provided an overview of:
- the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for a school;
- the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining an EOP for a
- the form, function, and content of a school EOP plan; and
- topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to,
information sharing, school climate, active shooter situations, and
psychological first aid for schools.
The webinars included a 60-minute presentation on the guide, a 30-minute
question and answer session, and information on how to access more information
All webinar recordings are played back through
either Adobe Connect Pro using an online Internet connection or
through a video player on your screen.