Specialized Risk® Newsletter-February 2011-REMS Training

This reprint of our company newsletter complements the article titled; The School Security Dilemma by explaining the training courses related to security grants and explaining the process to register for the training. Clients who attend some of these sessions may improve their chances for successfully obtaining a federal grant by understating the background needed for writing a successful grant application.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is pleased to announce that four new courses have been added to the online School Emergency Management Course Series, a tool being offered to provide emergency management training for schools.

Until recently, the Emergency Management for Schools training series, which consists of four modules on the cycle of emergency management and additional topic-specific courses delivered in 1.5 – 2 hour sessions, has been offered only via a two-day training format in person. Resources dictated these trainings would be offered only a few times per year, typically for the newest ERCM/REMS grant cohort, and for audiences drawn from any interested school district personnel across the nation. In an effort to expand the reach of these training materials beyond the in-person sessions, OSDFS and the REMS TA Center developed an online version of these modules. The initial training series is delivered in five online courses, including four Emergency Management for Schools modules (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) and one introductory module and went live last year.

We now announce that four additional topic-specific courses have just been added to the course series. They include:

• Developing an Emergency Management Plan for Schools
• Bereavement at Schools
• Emergency Management Considerations for Students and Staff with Disabilities
• Pandemic Flu Preparedness in School Emergency Management

The new courses are NOW AVAILABLE on the http://rems.ed.gov Web site here: http://rems.ed.gov/index.php?page=online_courses.

For the first 30 days following their launch, these courses will be open to all users in a special limited-time open feedback format. During this period, we welcome interested users to review and comment on the courses as part of our ongoing effort to provide the most relevant and valua- ble resources to the field. Please provide any feedback and suggestions you have on individual courses to: info@remstacenter.org no later than February 5, 2011.

February 2011

The grant application cycle for 2011 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS—CFDA 84.184E) and Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE— CFDA 84.184T) grants has not been announced due to lack of congressional action to approve grant funding for 2011. We will keep you advised of when the new grant application cycles begin but it is not too early to begin gathering the necessary documentation and developing program objectives.

Additional information can be obtained related to this topic or any security related issue by contacting Steve Haynes with Specialized Risk. He can be reached by email to: shaynes@specializedrisk.com…office phone….214-509-9105 or cellular phone….214-673-1902.

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