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FY 2007 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is making approximately $24,000,000 available to Local Education Associations (LEAs) to strengthen and improve their emergency response and crisis plans, at the district and school-building level.
  • Grantees are required to address all four phases of crisis planning:
    • Prevention / Mitigation
    • Preparedness
    • Response
    • Recovery

  • In addition, as they review and revise school crisis plans, LEAs are required to form partnerships and collaborate with:
    • Community organizations
    • Local law enforcement agencies
    • Heads of local governments
    • Offices of public safety, health, and mental health

Plans must be coordinated with state or local homeland security plans and support implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

  • Grant funds may be used for the following activities:
    • Training school safety teams and students
    • Conducting building and facilities audits
    • Communicating emergency response policies to parents and guardians
    • Implementing an Incident Command System (ICS)
    • Purchasing school safety equipment (to a limited extent)
    • Conducting drills and tabletop simulation exercises
    • Preparing and distributing copies of crisis plans

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Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777