Fundamentals of Emergency Planning for Schools with REMS TA Center


Emergency planning is critical for all, but especially for at-risk populations, as they depend on others planning for them and helping to keep them safe. Schools are a primary example; our youth spend most of their time during the year within the custody of schools and school personnel. Developing a high-quality school emergency operations plan is critical to keep youth safe. These plans should account for all settings and all times and include all possible threats and hazards. They also need to account for access and functional needs for the whole school community. Such plans should be supported by leadership, built through a collaborative process, and customized to the building level.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools administers the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA) Center—the national TA center serving public and nonpublic education agencies with their comprehensive school preparedness efforts (including school safety, security, and emergency management). CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection hosted a webinar with the REMS TA Center’s Project Director and Deputy Project Director, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Project Administrator on February 19 at 1 p.m. ET. They shared information on the fundamentals of emergency planning for schools and resources available to support comprehensive planning efforts.


Bronwyn Roberts, Esq.
Janelle W. Hughes
Madeline Sullivan

Call Materials

Call Slides: View Now pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]
Call Transcript: View Now txt icon[TXT – 51 KB]

Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Describe CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  • Describe the topic’s implications for respective constituents.
  • Discuss concerns and issues related to preparedness for and response to urgent public health threats.
  • Identify reliable information resources for the topic.
  • Describe how to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 2/19/2020: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Web-on-demand training will be available in March
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)
  • Public health professionals
  • Administrators
  • Emergency responders
  • Program managers
  • Certified health educators
  • Contact Information:
  • Support/Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communication Branch
  • Method of Participation: You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees: None. EPIC webinars are free.

“WC4028” for attendees who participate in the live call (must be completed by March 23, 2020)
“WD4028” for attendees who participate in the online presentation (must be completed by March 24, 2022)

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CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE:  In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Page last reviewed: January 8, 2020