Emergency Preparedness

The Arizona Department of Education is committed to working in partnership with districts and schools across the state to develop and maintain emergency response plans (ERPs) that can keep our children safe.


Arizona Public School Districts with fewer than 29 schools are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. Applications must be submitted through the new Grants Management System by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2014. Up to three districts will be awarded $25,000 to $40,000. The Arizona Department of Education, School Safety and Prevention Office conducted a webinar on September 9th. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here, and the webinar recording is available here.



FEMA Independent Study Online Courses
The Arizona Minimum Requirements mandate that school employees who fill a role within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure are required to successfully complete three FEMA online trainings: IS-100SCa: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools, IS-200: Applying for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, and IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction.

County Emergency Management On-site Training
Upon completing IS-100.SCa, IS-200, and IS-700, district and school ERP teams are strongly encouraged to also complete the Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools course either through their local emergency management office or FEMA. Districts can schedule the two-day MAG-364 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools course by submitting an ADEM (Arizona Department of Emergency Management) training request form to the county emergency management office. There is no cost to the district for this training.

FEMA Training
Districts also have the option of sending teams to attend FEMA’s four-day course (E-361 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools Course) in Emmitsburg, MD. FEMA covers the airfare, lodging, and training fees for training participants; the only expense is a $125.50 meal ticket per participant.

Advanced Training through ADEM
Upon completing FEMA’s E-361 or ADEM’s MAG-364, key personnel on a district’s ERP team are encouraged to also complete MAG-300 (Intermediate Incident Command Station) and MAG-400 (Advanced Incident Command Station) through ADEM.


Essential Resources


Helpful Resources


Agency Contacts


2014 School Emergency Response Regional Workshop Materials

Workshop Agenda and PowerPoint Presentation

Speaker Handouts

Tabletop Exercise


Contact Information
Jean Ajamie
School Safety and Prevention