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The mission of the Oregon Department of Education’s School Safety and Emergency Management (SSEM) program is to support the development and implementation of emergency operations plans (EOPs) in schools across the state to help improve the safety and security for all students and staff. Oregon Revised Statute 336.071  and Oregon Administrative Rule 581-022-2225  require schools to instruct and drill students on emergency procedures and maintain a comprehensive safety program that includes plans for responding to emergencies. The resources provided here and through our education service district (ESD) partners will help Oregon schools plan for, train for, and respond to emergencies affecting their students and staff.

Resources for Developing High-Quality School EOPs

The links on the referred page will take you to the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center. They have partnered with the U.S. Dept. Of Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide examples, templates, interactive tools, guidelines, and training materials on emergency planning for all schools.

SSEM Contact Information

Find contact information for ODE school emergency operations planning staff or the regional emergency operations planning representative in your area. If you have questions about the program or would like information about our resources you can email us here at ODE.SSEM@ode.oregon.gov

Threat and Hazard Resources

The link above provides resources to help plan for specific threats and hazards that should be considered in any high-quality school EOP. Now included on that page are archived copies of our monthly newsletter, the Monthly Minute. ODE has published COVID-19 guidance—along with FAQs, sample letters and informational fliers—on our COVID-19 Resources page.

Note

While this page is still being developed, we will add information and resources to help your school or district prepare and plan for any emergencies you may encounter. If you think anything is missing or you have a suggestion for supplemental content, please email us at ODE.SSEM@ode.oregon.gov

Scheduled Training

PER-213: Wide Area Search

What: A three-day course on area search techniques following an emergency. Presented by the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. Topics include: preparedness and response; search management and planning; team management and others. A great course for team-building and Community Emergency Response Teams. Sponsored by Clackamas ESD.

When: July 12-14 from 8:00am to 5:00pm (in-person).

Who Should Attend: Emergency responders, including law enforcement, fire and medical; and volunteer responders including school CERT, Red Cross and any other organization that may be involved in search and rescue efforts.

Where: Clackamas ESD Administrative Building; 13455 SE 97th Avenue, Clackamas, Oregon.

Registration and Event Information: See event flyer for registration information. See this document for additional course information.

 

MGT 417: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers

What: Two day in-person training on school-based incidents. MGT 417 is a tuition free, management-level, DHS/FEMA-certified course that provides operational-level details on all hazards planning and preparedness, vulnerability assessments, all hazards response and recovery, scenario-based activities and others.

When: October 10-11 from 8:30am to 4:30pm (in-person)

Who Should Attend: School administrators, school safety and security personnel, first responders (especially law enforcement), community emergency management personnel, community mental health personnel, other community stakeholders.

Where: La Grande High School AV Auditorium; 708 K Avenue La Grande, Oregon 97850

Registration and Event Information: Must register by September 26, 2022 by 5:00pm. See event flyer for registration information.

 

MGT 417: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers

What: Two day in-person training on school-based incidents. MGT 417 is a tuition free, management-level, DHS/FEMA-certified course that provides operational-level details on all hazards planning and preparedness, vulnerability assessments, all hazards response and recovery, scenario-based activities and others.

When: October 13-14 from 8:30am to 4:30pm (in-person)

Who Should Attend: School administrators, school safety and security personnel, first responders (especially law enforcement), community emergency management personnel, community mental health personnel, other community stakeholders.

Where: Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 2 Lecture Hall; 400 East Scenic Drive The Dalles, OR 97058-3434

Registration and Event Information: Must register by September 29, 2022 by 5:00pm. See event flyer for registration information.

 

Monthly Office Hours

What: The School Safety and Emergency Management team is hosting a monthly office hour to answer questions and provide technical assistance with any concern you might have about school emergency planning. If you have a simple question about a technical emergency preparedness detail--or maybe you need help overhauling your district's EOP--check in with us on the second Wednesday of every month for assistance.

When: From 8:30am to 9:30am on the second Wednesday of each month; Next date: February 9th at 8:30am.

Who Should Attend: Any school administrator or staff member who has a question or needs assistance with their school or district's emergency preparedness.

Link to join: Zoom link

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