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US ED's OSDFS Readiness and Emergency Management Resources

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), part of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving the quality of drug and violence prevention programs for students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

Its mission is "creating safe schools, responding to crises, drug abuse and violence prevention, ensuring the health and well being of students, and promoting development of good character and citizenship."

School Emergency Management Guide--ED has developed a guide to provide schools and their communities with a general introduction to emergency management as it applies to schools and basic guidelines for developing school emergency management plans. Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Communities and SchoolsExternal Link outlines the four phases of emergency management (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) and provides checklists of the critical issues encountered in each phase. The guide also provides information on specific elements of emergency management, including leadership, communication, and the Incident Command System.

Last Updated: April 15, 2014