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.
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:
- The Tool Box is a virtual library of tools developed by school and higher ed emergency managers in the field.
- K-12 Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit - Created by the REMS TA Center it is a web tool that education agencies can use to disseminate consistent information, guidance, trainings, and tools on school emergency management to the K-12 schools they serve!
- Training Guide for Administrators and Educators on Addressing Adult Sexual Misconduct in a School Setting
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
Page updated 8/19/21