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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's resource page--Planning for the 2023-24 School Year--is a centralized repository of guidance and resources to address challenges associated with communicable diseases.


This page is constantly being developed. We will continue adding 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

Scheduled Training

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.

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: This is a new link for September 2023 through August 2024. For an Outlook Calendar invite, click here.