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Emergency Operations Plans

Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship

The following resources are guides for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and houses of worship. They are customized to each type of community, incorporate lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings.  The planning process outlined in the guides will help schools, IHEs, and houses of worship align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels. National preparedness efforts, including emergency planning, are now informed by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8, signed by the President in March 2011, which describes the nation’s approach to preparedness.

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  • This page last reviewed: June 29, 2021