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FY 2008 GPRA EMHE Cohort

Information contained in the document posted below is GPRA data for the FY 2008 cohort of grantees for Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) Grants. Grantees were required to collect data and report data for the following three measures:

  • Demonstration of a 50 percent increase at the end of the project period in the number of course completions by their higher education institution personnel in key National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses compared to the number of such courses completed at the start of the grant project period
  • Grantees were not required to conduct a specific set of courses, but instead selected courses that were consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and US Department of Education. For more information please see NIMS Implementation Guidance for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education
  • FY 2008 EMHE GPRA Reporting Plan
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    Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
    The U.S. Department of Education began supporting the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center in FY 2004. The Center supports all grantees funded under the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program (formerly Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant program) by providing emergency management resources, training, and publications. The TA Center also helps non-grantee local educational districts (LEAs) and private schools with improving and strengthening their emergency management plans through the provision of resources, responses to technical assistance requests, and facilitation of Emergency Management for Schools Training events. The TA Center Web site is available at . A variety of resources are available on the Web site including Power Point presentations from previous training events and a series of newsletters, Lessons Learned documents, and Helpful Hint publications that may be useful for higher education institutions interested in applying for the EMHE grant program. EMT Associates, Inc. from Folsom, California, manages the TA Center. For additional information on the REMS TA Center, please contact at

    Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education This Action Guide, revised in 2010, offers higher education institutions a useful resource in the field of emergency management. Produced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS), in collaboration with the ED's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center (TA Center), and based initially on the contributions of an Expert Panel convened by ED and the TA Center, this Action Guide is intended to serve as a resource for all types of institutions of higher education. The Action Guide aims to offer support to community colleges, two- and four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, and research institutions associated with higher education entities, both public and private, in their emergency management planning efforts. Depending on need and experience, the information provided in this Action Guide can help personnel from higher education institutions and their partners better understand the field of emergency management within a higher education context, develop and implement an institution's emergency management plan, and/or serve as a reference and resource to improve an institution's existing plans. The Action Guide is not meant to serve as a prescriptive document, but, rather is intended to provide a number of resources and references to facilitate the emergency management planning process for institutions at all levels of knowledge and development. download files PDF (254kb)

    Guide to School Vulnerability Assessments
    This guide is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, originally published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 as a guide for schools and districts to prepare for a variety of crises. This new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, emphasizes a valuable part of emergency management planning-ongoing vulnerability assessment-and is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive or to give step-by-step instructions for conducting assessments, rather it is intended to describe the key elements to be considered when selecting an assessment tool appropriate for school environments and provide guidance for conducting an assessment that will inform school emergency management activities.

    REMS Publications
    The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center produces three publications: REMSExpress, Helpful Hints and Lessons Learned. The REMSExpress is a newsletter that provides comprehensive information on key issues in school emergency management. Helpful Hints offers a quick overview of school emergency preparedness topics that are frequently the subject of inquiries. Lessons Learned is a series of publications that are a brief recounting of actual school emergencies and crises. All publications support an all-hazards approach to collaborative school emergency management that is guided by the four phases (prevention - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) and integrates the needs of people with disabilities.

    EMERGENCY PLANNING WEBSITE provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts. For more information about what families and communities can do to be ready for an emergency, please visit

    Education News Parents Can Use Video Clip: Northern Illinois University's FY 2008 EMHE Grant
    Emergency Management for Higher Education grants (EMHE) are designed to help schools improve their ability to prevent tragic events and respond quickly and appropriately to emergencies. Watch the video and learn how Northern Illinois University is planning to use its grant to improve its Emergency Operations Plan during the 18-month EMHE grant period.

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    Last Modified: 11/04/2011