For Schools & Educators

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Disasters come in many forms, can occur anywhere at any time and run the gambit from natural causes such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and severe storms to man-made causes such as an active shooter and chemical spills. Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis can go a long way to keeping you and your students out of harm’s way. Whether in day care, K-12 or a college/university, school emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans help to keep students and staff safe.

At Cal OES, our goal is to provide you with direct and easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout California and the nation. We hope you find the information provided below as a valuable tool in planning for, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency or disaster.

​School Planning and Preparedness

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." Malcolm X
Getting California schools and our next generation of emergency managers educated on the risks and prepared for the next natural disaster is one of our our goals. Schools can take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of Emergency Operations Plan. Below are some resources that will assist school administrations to develop their emergency plans.

Safety Comes First

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The vast majority of California’s students will complete their schooling without ever being touched by violence.  Nevertheless, school attacks by students or intruders have shaken the image of our schools as being a reliably safe and secure environment. 

Here are resources to assist you with how to prepare for the unthinkable.

​Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT)

FEMA's Teen CERT program teaches:

      • the hazards in all communities
      • readiness and response skills
      • how teens can help others in the event of a disaster with hands-on practice and realistic exercises
      • how teens can be leaders that could empower them to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering themselves or others

Watch the video that shows Rocklin's Maria Montessori Charter Academy Teen CERT in action.


​Events for Schools & Educators



Invitation for Public Comment: Programmatic Agreement 2019 Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=22Invitation for Public Comment: Programmatic Agreement 20199/16/2019 9:00:00 PM10/17/2019 12:00:00 AMSee attatchments<p>​Cal OES, on behalf of the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), invites you to comment by October 16, 2019 on the Updated Draft Programmatic Agreement (Agreement) which governs National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review of FEMA-Funded Undertakings in California.<br> <br>The Agreement between FEMA, Cal OES, and the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), is a framework to ensure the protection of cultural resources and historic properties potentially affected by grant projects (Undertakings) funded by FEMA in the State of California. <br> <br>Details regarding how to submit your comments is provided in the attached FEMA document “Invitation to Comment_Updated_Draft_ Prog_Agree2019_508.pdf.”  The Agreement is attached as “09.06.19 Draft 3 CA20141030_508.”<br> <br>Thank you for your interest in Cal OES and our work with FEMA and SHPO.<br></p>{E5356DCC-B98E-4DE1-B5A8-FB596CC1F2EB}GP0|#5c2352b6-fb4e-475d-8d45-1bce5e618ade;L0|#05c2352b6-fb4e-475d-8d45-1bce5e618ade|Recovery;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B010100A89DEED857A83648A8A1F0AE21CB4D2422
The Great California ShakeOut Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=8The Great California ShakeOutJoin Cal OES for the Drop, Cover, and Hold On, or Lock, Cover, and Hold On Earthquake Drill10/17/2019 5:15:00 PM10/18/2019 12:00:00 AMStatewide<p>​Join Cal OES for the Drop, Cover, and Hold On, or Lock, Cover, and Hold On Earthquake Drill</p>{801F0FEB-A90A-4098-A761-61B058DBD20D}GP0|#4daae993-80e8-4ce5-8bd0-cb49d5762fb3;L0|#04daae993-80e8-4ce5-8bd0-cb49d5762fb3|Earthquake, Tsunami & Volcano Programs;GTSet|#35129ea4-2b69-4523-92bc-aa23dc2aa4fb0x0100E06C2D919CFD734A97280E79E87DD00B010100FB1A34566D6EF1459FB33E217AE4EC928


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