Archived Webinar: Understanding the Role of Teachers in Supporting School Safety Before, During, and After an Emergency (REMS TA) [May 2022]

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Who: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA)


The REMS TA Center hosted a Webinar to highlight the role of teachers in supporting school safety efforts within their school communities. During this Webinar, presenters demonstrated the importance of developing a collaborative planning team to support emergency operations plan (EOP) development, as outlined in Step 1 of the six-step planning process detailed in the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. Additionally, presenters discussed the role that teachers play in supporting the National Preparedness System mission areas — prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery — as well as their role in the before, during, and after phases of a potential emergency.

Presenters for this Webinar were Jill Barnes, Administrator at the Los Angeles Unified School District, Office of Emergency Management and Division of School Culture, Climate, and Safety and Janelle Williams, Project Director at the REMS TA Center. The presentation concluded with a question-and-answer session.

The U.S. Department of Education and its REMS TA Center hosted this Webinar to provide K-12 schools, school districts, regional education agencies, and state education agencies, along with their community partners, with information on how to collaborate with teachers on emergency management planning. While the live Webinar offered opportunities to respond to individual and unique questions from stakeholders and practitioners, the archived Webinar serves as a resource to help education agencies collaborate with teachers on safety, security, emergency management, and preparedness activities.