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The primary feature of emergency incidents is that when and where they happen is not predictable. An emergency can occur during any time of the school day and in any school or campus setting. Emergency management teams within schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHE) have to account for a variety of settings and times when creating emergency operations plans (EOPs) to support their prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. It is recommended that incident response and emergency planning teams within schools and IHEs and their community partners take steps to ensure that they consider the various settings and times unique to their school and campus communities when conducting scenario-based planning, drills, and tabletop exercises designed to help test EOPs and to enhance overall emergency management planning.

K12 Safety Practitioners
K-12 Safety Practitioners: Access planning principles to support school EOP development.
Higher Ed Safety Practitioners
Higher ed Safety Practitioners: Access planning principles to support higher ed EOP development.

What’s on this page?

Resources from the REMS TA Center, U.S. Department of Education, and federal agency partners on the topic of planning for all settings and all times that emergency incidents might occur within K-12 schools and IHEs. The resources are organized by the setting or time; those that are specific to multiple settings and times are listed under the General category.


After School

Athletic Events/Stadiums

Field Trips

Large Events

School Bus/Transportation to and from School

Study Abroad

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