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Monthly Minute: School Safety Newsletter

The Monthly Minute is a one-page newsletter providing insight and tips on potential threats and hazards brought to you by your regional school emergency management professionals in partnership with ODE. Email us here at if you would like to receive the Monthly Minute in your inbox at the beginning of every month. Or check out the latest newsletters below:

February 2024

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January 2024

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December 2023

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One-page Training and Drill Calendar: Use this one-page reference to help you plan your required school drills for the coming school year.

Recommended Training Topics, by month: This list adds detail to the one-page Training and Drill Calendar above. Use this as a guide to identify monthly school emergency management topics you can plan for this school year. The Monthly Minute will follow this list.

Planning Templates and Training Aids

The resources below can be used to draft plans for specific threats and hazards. 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. To stay current on statewide concerns regarding COVID-19 please refer to the OHA COVID-19 resource page for information.


Pandemic Annex Sample: This sample annex was developed by the training team at Columbia Gorge ESD.

Basic Components of Pandemic Planning: This is a quick reference guide that can be used to outline and build a pandemic annex for your district or school EOP.

Pandemic Influenza Annex Sample: This is an alternative sample annex that can be filled in to address specific an unique district challenges. Developed by the training team at High Desert ESD.


Monthly Minute Wildfire Newsletter: This Monthly Minute newsletter from September, 2021 covers some basic considerations when planning for the hazard of wildfires.


Tsunami Preparedness Checklist: Checklist for K-12 school administrators and principals. Checklist developed by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools

The following resources come from the REMS website and address specific threats and hazards.

Adversarial- and human-caused threats: Human threats that may impact students, staff, and visitors.

Biological hazards: Disease outbreaks, contaminated foods, and toxic materials.

Natural hazards: Earthquakes, floods, severe weather, etc.

Technological hazards: Power failure, dam failure, hazardous materials release.


Monthly Minute Earthquake Newsletter: This Monthly Minute newsletter from October, 2023 covers some basic considerations when planning for the hazard of earthquakes.

The Great Oregon Shakeout: This website includes a wealth of information on earthquake preparedness in schools.