The Department of Public Instruction’s vision is to foster the social, emotional, and academic wellbeing of our youth. Children need to have a sense of belonging, know they are cared about, and that they are safe. Each day, our schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our school students in public and nonpublic schools. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and youths from threats and hazards. In collaboration with their local government and community partners, schools must take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of a comprehensive school emergency operations plan.
North Dakota was one of 25 states to receive an Emergency Operations Planning grant (October 2014 – September 2016). The purpose of this grant was to provide rural school districts, where local law enforcement and emergency responders may not be immediately available, with a comprehensive onsite assessment of all facilities, a detailed report with recommendations, onsite administrative and staff training, as well as follow up and technical assistance.
This was done in partnership with the federal and state Departments of Homeland Security and the North Dakota Safety Council; a statewide cadre of consultants provided the onsite assessments to 32 districts and 72 buildings. For security reasons, participating school districts will not be identified on this website.
Grant Executive Summary
If any local school district wishes to have an onsite assessment, they may contact the Safe & Healthy Schools unit at 701.328.2753 or the North Dakota Safety Council at 701.223.6372.
Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: At a Glance
US Department of Education – Crisis Planning
National Preparedness Mission Areas - REMS Center Fact Sheets