Emergency Preparedness for Schools

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.

New Resources

 Access Functional Needs Guidance Documents for Emergency Response Plans

Planning for students in emergencies means planning for all students, including those with disabilities and special needs. Lessons learned from recent disasters have not only emphasize this point, but they have also illuminated the critical steps schools need to take to protect their campuses.  Meeting the needs of students with disabilities and special needs in the event of an emergency does not have to be a daunting or a costly task. It simply requires administrators and officials to take into account the entire school community, from students and staff members to visitors and volunteers, and then take the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of all.  Source: ERCM Express, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2006, U.S. Department of Education

Infectious Disease Information for Educators

Multiple federal agencies worked together to provide coordinated resources for educators on the various infectious diseases making news headlines recently. Resources from the U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Justice were introduced in this letter to Chief State School Officers.

The new resources include guidance on maintaining the civil rights of students and staff while ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all:

The Arizona Department of Health Services has also updated the Arizona-specific information on Ebola for educators.

Pilot Program on School Emergency Readiness

Congratulations FY17 Grant Recipients

  • Miami Unified School District
  • Sierra Vista Unified School District


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 DEMA (Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs) 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 DEMA
Upon completing FEMA’s E-361 or DEMA’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 DEMA.


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Agency Contacts


Contact Information
Phone: (602) 542-8730
Fax: (602) 364-1938
Email: [email protected]