Taking Action: Creating Model Emergency Management Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship

As part of his plan to reduce gun violence, on January 16th the President directed the Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Health and Human Services and Justice to create model emergency management plans for schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship. As part of that effort, these agencies are seeking input on what should be included in these plans and how students and staff can best be trained to follow them.

Please share your ideas on what a school, institution of higher education, or house of worship should consider when developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency management plan, including ways the institution could involve the community or other stakeholders in drafting the plan; key issues the plan should address or that agencies should consider as they develop model plans; best practices for training staff, students and users of a facility to follow a plan; as well as best practices for how communities may plan to effectively recover from an incident.

Your ideas will help us understand what works best in your community—and how others could learn from your success. Together, we can make the nation more resilient and secure.

This campaign will be open for new ideas, comments and votes until March 22.

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SOCIAL NETWORK MONITORING & ANALYTICS TO PREDICT GUN VIOLENCE

Social Network Monitoring and Analytics provide law enforcement agencies some powerful new force multipliers in combating violence and crime across the USA. These new tools enable Law Enforcement agencies to monitor, detect, and even predict violent acts before they occur. Research data and actual events show that individuals, or groups of individuals who plan to conduct extreme violence on campus, or in a public venue ...more »

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Emergency Management Programs for Schools

It's not just the "plan". Rather, it's the "process". As a former emergency management specialist now advocating school safety (www.thepeacechallenge.org), we promote parental and age appropriate student involvement in the development of emergency management programs in schools. This requires thinking "outside the box" to an extent. Instead of expecting students and staff to blindly follow procedures in a plan, they will ...more »

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School plans developed at local level

All schools are different. I am on the school safety committee developed post Sandy Hook. We discuss issues like locking doors to classes, but some of our elementary schools are build with large glass sections in the doors. making locking them a moot point. Problems must be addressed at the local level and may very well be different at ell schools based upon design. The best we can hope for from the federal side is a ...more »

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Adopt/Promote Standard Response Protocol

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities. One of those activities was developing The Standard Response Protocol, which is less about developing a one-size-fits-all plan, and more about common language and response actions simple for students, ...more »

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Coordination and Practicing

One of the main things I notice as an emergency planner is the continual need within school plans for a practical and logistical exercise plan. A school could have the most sound plan, but can remain ineffective if the end users(teachers, staff, and students, occupants) have knowledge of the procedures within the plan. As an Eagle scout, being prepared is our motto. Thusly, knowledge is power, power is strength, strength ...more »

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Communications

Any plan for an institution has to center around communications. Reaction to a threat will involve quickly evaluating the threat, selecting the plan, and dispatching the order to implement. This ability to communicate must be all-inclusive in that it must reach every individual and must not rely on the presence of electrical or other outside energy to each building or wing of the institution. Once the order is received ...more »

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Planning is important

Emergency management plans for school, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship should focus their plans to improving the schools security and their emergency plans. When I was in high school we practiced fire drills throughout the year and I believe emergency plans should be practiced in the same way. Students should be familiar with the plans and after practice know exactly what to do in case of an emergency. ...more »

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Online Training for Schools (free to districts)

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has developed an online employee training program to accompany the substantial all-hazards emergency plan already in place at each of our schools. Called the Safety Training for Emergency Preparedness at Schools (STEPS) program, the courses allow us to offer consistent training in the practices and procedures embodied in our school safety plans and district policies. LAUSD ...more »

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Emergency planning, training, and networking

Seven staff members from our college campus attended the FEMA training on emergency management for higher education sponsored by Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI in December of 2012. This training is highly recommended! It motivated, those of us in attendance, to create a committee to take an active role in emergency preparedness/planning on campus. The training also provided us with the ability to network ...more »

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House of Worship

If your house of worship has members that are part of law enforcement it just makes sense to include them in developing a plan. One such plan has law enforcement members placed at strategic locations during services (they are unidentified) to deal with unexpected threats while non-law enforcement members are assigned other specific duties (such as calling 911, directing members to exits during an emergency, etc.). A ...more »

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One set of planning guidance

In the end, it will just be really important for local elected officials, emergency managers, emergency responders, as well as leaders of schools, universities, and houses of worship to have a single source of primary guidance for emergency planning for schools, institutions of higher learning, and houses of worship. The Departments directed to work on this need to produce a joint document.

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Communication, Collaboration and Continuous Improvement

Safety & security initiatives such as interior and exterior surveillance cameras on all school campuses, in which the Waterford Police Department has access; swipe card access in all buildings; purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for every building; development and implementation of a bio-security and pandemic plan; large scale emergency drills; staff emergency training; mental health services; Alcohol, ...more »

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