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An education agency’s ability to account for all persons both during and after an emergency is as important as its ability to respond to a wide variety of hazards and threats. It is also an important part of the work that emergency management teams do at the K-12 and higher ed levels to support state and local education agency responses during and after a hazard or threat occurs. As a part of their emergency operations plans (EOPs), education agencies can work in collaboration with incident response and emergency planning teams, which should include community partners, to develop an Accounting for All Persons Annex that outlines clear-cut protocols for how to account for the whereabouts and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and to identify those who may be missing.

K-12 Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating an Accounting for All Persons Annex.
Higher ed Safety Practitioners: Learn more about creating an Accounting for All Persons Annex.

What’s on this page?

Resources from the REMS TA Center, U.S. Department of Education, and federal agency partners on the topic of accounting for all persons within K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. They are organized based on the before, during, and after phases used to comprehensively manage emergencies.




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