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School Safety and Emergency Management

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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

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. To stay current on statewide concerns regarding COVID-19 please refer to the OHA COVID-19 resource page for information.


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


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