School/District Crisis Response Readiness

Is Your School/District Ready?

Below are just a few resources to assist you.   As mental health first responders,  School Social Workers provide a critical role in assisting schools and school districts in reviewing and developing Crisis Response Plans.  We hope these resources will be of some help.  See also the links to crisis response organization websites contributing these articles for more.


A school bus slides off from a slippery road.

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events     Numerous resources     Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Creating Emergency Management Plans
Source: U.S. Department of Education

Creating and Updating Emergency Management Plans       (Several Resources)  Department of Education’s Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools

Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resource Center   National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Numerous resources
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Emergency Planning     Source: U.S. Department of Education

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plan (75 pages)
Source: U.S. Department of Education

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: At a Glance
Source: Department of Education’s Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools

Help Me Prepare  Source:  National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement

Identifying Students At Risk for Violent Behavior  Source: National Center for Crisis Response

Kidpower Safety Tips: Gun Violence in Schools   Kidpower

“Managing Threats:  Safety Lessons Learned from School Shootings”  by Dr. Marleen Wong, University of Southern California

Practical Information on Crisis Planning     Source:  The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education

A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools      Source: National Center for Crisis Management: Guide for Crisis Response in Schools  $26.95+

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Responding to a Crisis at School    Source:  UCLA  School Mental Health Project

School Crisis Guide: Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis (54 page PDF document).   Source: National Education Association & Health Information Network

School Crisis Guide:  Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis   (Website)  Source:  National Education Association & Health Information Network

The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective  F.B.I.  (52 pages)  Report prepared by the F.B.I. which pertains to assessing threats of potential school shooters.

Steps for Developing a School Emergency Management Plan   Source:  U.S. Department of Education.  Emergency Response and Crisis Management Technical Assistance Management


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