Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for IHEs


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 Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education.

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 institutions of higher education 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 an IHE;
◾ the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining an EOP for an IHE;
◾ the form, function, and content of an IHE 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.

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 and resources.


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