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​Emergency Planning

Planning for emergencies is something every local education agency must consider, regardless of its size or location. While it’s difficult to plan for every issue that could occur, preparation is key to saving lives – if and when a disaster strikes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools partners with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania State Police, other state agencies, and security organizations to offer best practice planning, programs, and training throughout Pennsylvania. Helpful resources and links appear below.


Federal Guidance on Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education. 

The Technical Assistance Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education, with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts announces new federal guidance for developing Emergency Operations Plans.