What do they do?
They support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts. Established in October 2004 and administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), the REMS TA Center provides a hub of information, resources, training, and services in the field of school and higher ed emergency operations planning. The REMS TA Center does not endorse products, services, or service providers. Additionally, the REMS TA Center does not provide certificates other than certificates of attendance.
Who do they serve?
- Schools, school districts, and local education agencies (including K-12, public, non-public, and private);
- Institutions of higher education (including community colleges, universities, and technical schools);
- State education agencies;
- Community partners (e.g., law enforcement, public safety, health and mental health agencies);
- Current or former grantees (e.g., ERCM, REMS, EMHE);
- Other stakeholders in K-12 or IHE emergency management (e.g., families, non-profit organizations).
What services do they offer?
Live Trainings by Request
Their live trainings are available by request for delivery on-site at your school, district, or institution of higher education.
REMS TA Center staff are available to respond to your direct requests for technical assistance on a variety of topics pertaining to emergency operations planning for schools, districts, and institutions of higher education.
Emergency Management Planning Tools
Interactive emergency management planning tools available through the TA Center include online self-assessment and evaluation tools designed to evaluate school and IHE capacity to create a high-quality EOP, as well as a software tool, designed to guide users through the process of generating a high-quality EOP as recommended in the Guides.
The TA Center website houses an online, searchable library of free, downloadable tools developed by school emergency managers in the field.
Community of Practice
Their Community of Practice (CoP) is a virtual space for representatives from schools, school districts, IHEs, and their community partners to collaborate on special projects, share news and resources, discuss trends and ideas, and learn from the experiences of others in the field.
They offer a variety of resources to assist schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education with their emergency management efforts. This includes specialized training packages, an interactive map of state emergency management resources, newsletters, topic-specific publications, and information about participation in other Federal partner initiatives.