Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center



Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)


Offers support services, technical assistance, information, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to help strengthen their emergency preparedness. Includes information and resources on the development of emergency operation plans, including how to prepare for opioid-related emergencies and support students dealing with substance use issues in rural and urban areas.

What This Program Offers

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center offers:

  • Emergency management virtual toolkit
  • Virtual trainings for grades K-12 and institutions of higher education for developing emergency operation plans (EOPs)
  • On-site trainings by request for train-the-educator, train-the-trainer, and extension training models on the topics of developing EOPs, resilience strategies for educators, earthquake preparedness, school behavioral threat assessments, and adult sexual misconduct in schools
  • Technical assistance, EOP interactive tools, and a Community of Practice for sharing and discussion among community members
  • Publications and guidance documents, and other resources to help plan and review EOPs and other emergency management efforts

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Eligible participants who can receive assistance include:

  • Individual public, charter, or private schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education
  • Local Education Agencies
  • Regional Education Agencies
  • State Education Agencies
  • Community partners, such as law enforcement, fire department, public safety, emergency medical services, and health and mental health agencies
  • Current or former grantees including grants to states for school emergency management, emergency preparedness-response and crisis management, REMS, and emergency management for higher education
  • Other stakeholders in K-12 or intuitions of higher education emergency management such as families and non-profit organizations

Geographic Coverage



To register for an on-site training by request, review the eligibility requirements and complete the registration on the REMS website.

To request assistance contact the REMS Technical Assistance Center:

Topics This Program Addresses

Colleges and Universities • Emergency Planning • Health Education for Community and Patients • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Schools • Youth