Emergency Planning and Response

Note: Additional resources are located on the Laws, Regulations, and Memos page of this website.

NYSED Guidelines, Memos 

NYSED Managing Emergency Health Care and Communicable Diseases In the School Setting 2019  Provides local educational agencies with a framework for establishing a health services program that provides the services and information required under New York State Education Law Article 19. It provides guidance for developing emergency health care and communicable disease protocols for schools. This document is intended for use by school health personnel and administrators. (11/14/19)

NYSCSH Sample Supply Lists for Emergency First Aid Backpacks, Health Offices, and Classrooms 
Lists sample items for emergencies in and out of school. It should be customized for your school and reviewed by the school medical director (NYSCSH, 11/2019).

General Emergency and Disaster Preparedness 

Stop the Bleed - Bleeding Control Information   BleedingControl.org  An initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus which contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources. (7/11/19) 
NOTE: Additional guidance for medical directors is available on the medical director page of this website. 

Caring for Children in Disaster  Provides guidance specifically designed for emergency planning for children-including those with special health care needs. (CDC 1/2021)

Emergency Preparedness-Zombie Preparedness for Educators Provides lesson plans, posters, and other resources on basic emergency preparedness for middle school students (CDC, 10/2020).

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)School Program
Offers school officials courses on National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and other courses to build school emergency management capacity (10/15/19).

NASN Disaster Preparedness Planning and Response Information Provides multiple resources for the school nurse (NASN, 8/2019).

National Education Association (NEA) School Crisis Guide Helps schools prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from tragedies like school shootings with resources, recommendations, and evidence-based practices for incorporating school mental health into school crisis plans. (NEA and (HIN, 2018)

NYS Department of Health 

NYS Department of Health Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) The EMSC Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Health Department and its Commissioner on all aspects of emergency care for children. The mission of the EMS for Children program is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity caused by severe illness or trauma. 

NYSDOH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services The Bureau is responsible for oversight of the EMS system statewide. There are 4 Regional Offices; their authority and responsibilities are outlined in Section 3004-a of Article 30.

NYSDOH EMS Agency and Hospital Information By County

US Department of Education

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center 
The REMS TA Center is the primary source of information on emergencies for schools and school districts. They provide resources for prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery at local, state, and federal levels.  Administered  by the US Department of Education its resources include:

Addressing Biological Hazards That Impact Students, Staff, and Visitors
This REMS TA Center resource shares best practice guidance for schools inclusive of but not limited to contaminated food outbreaks, infectious diseases, and toxic materials present in school laboratories (11/14/19).

Practical Information on Crisis Planning Brochure  
Guide for Schools and Communities including preparation, mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery (USDOE, 11/9/16).

Created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment Provides resources, guidance training, fact sheets, School Safety Readiness Tool assessment tools (2/10/20).


The resources below were written outside NYS. NYS school nurses must follow NYSED and the NYSDOH guidelines

Emergency Guidelines for Schools Third Edition - American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter

Emergency Guidelines for Schools 2018 Edtion  Second Pennsylvania Edition

Guidelines for the Nurse in the School Setting 3rd Edition: 2017- Illinois Department of Public Health

Page updated 8/19/21