G-364 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
This field course provides schools with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to refine or develop an all-hazards school emergency plan (EOP) and to identify who to train and exercise to the school EOP. This course follows the guidance set forth in the FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, CPG-101, for developing an emergency operations plan and explains how to utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the foundation for planning and building partnerships with outside agencies such as Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Management. The course will also provide an overview of the Commonwealth’s planning software system.
The final day of the course provides participants with an opportunity to conduct and design a tabletop exercise using Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines.
Target Audience: School administrators (school staff on the EOP planning team) and local emergency managers and first responders (law enforcement, fire, etc.) who are interested in comprehensive emergency planning for grades K-12. The desire is to have a number of planning team members from a school district attend the course as a group. Multi-district teams and their community partners can be accommodated at each course.
From the host Intermediate Unit:
1. School/School District Administrators
2. School/School District Multi-hazard Planning team members
3. County/Local Emergency Management personnel
4. First responders, law enforcement, fire, EMS and others
5. Other community response team members
6. Other emergency management and allied emergency services personnel with related responsibilities on a case-by-case basis.
As stated in the priority list, school personnel and other response personnel located within the Intermediate Unit will be considered first for enrollment. As space permits, other response personnel from other locations will be considered.
Materials Required: Participants are requested to bring a copy of their School and/or School District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and a personnel computer. Our intention is to divide the class up into groups by school or school district so at a minimum one copy of the EOP and one computer per group is necessary. Computers will be available for use if necessary. Student manuals and other course material may be downloaded at any time from the PEMA web page (www.pema.state.pa.us) or click here to visit the download page.
Administrative Information: Break periods will be provided for all participants on course days. Classes start at 8:00 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Classes ending as half days will end by noon.