Emergency Guide

2023 Revisions

ATTENTION: Emergency Management Resource Guide and Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide 2023 versions have been updated.


More so now than ever before, schools are faced with ongoing challenges. They must be prepared for a wide range of emergency situations from natural disasters to threats of violence. Although schools may have established procedures for dealing with many emergency situations, many do not have these protocols collected in a coordinated, concise manner that are reviewed annually. The 2023 revision of the Emergency Management Resource Guide (full-text pdf) is designed to assist during the planning stage both at the school and district levels.

2023 Revisions

ATTENTION: Emergency Management Resource Guide and Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide 2023 versions have been updated.

Emergency Guide Sections

    • Pull-Out Sections from the Guide with Specified Fillable Forms

(to print a specific form under pages-deselect all; and list page number)

Editable Sections

For districts and schools to make this guide into a useable plan for their specific set of criteria and to address collected school safety data the following sections of the Resource Guide are provided in editable Google Doc and PDF formats.

Sample District Plan (Google Doc)

Sample School Plan (Google Doc)

Sample Emergency Protocols (Google Doc)

Sample District Plan (Editable PDF)

Sample School Plan (Editable PDF)


Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide

School emergencies are unexpected, unpredictable, and can take many forms. When developing school safety plans, Emergency Response Teams develop protocols to address threats or hazards specific to their school. This quick and easy reference guide (flipchart) is for immediate response and is not a complete school safety plan. This quick reference guide uses FEMA’s four categories of school-related emergencies.

Emergency Procedures Flipchart App

Get quick and easy access to emergency procedures for K-12 schools. Emergency procedures are at your fingertips for fast access when the need arises.

Download the KCSS Flipchart App on your Apple or Android device

Reunification Resources

Other Useful Materials and Links

Project ADAM – This is a free resource to all schools in Kentucky that can help with the cardiac emergency response plan! It is a team of pediatric cardiologists and pediatric residents who want to help the schools in Kentucky through the validated resources of the national organization of Project ADAM. Here is the website for the national organization you can also view all of the resources on https://www.projectadam.com/Heartsafeschools. If interested, please reach out to ProjectADAMUofLNCH@louisville.edu.
Sample Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (American Heart Association)
Sample Athletic Emergency Action Plan
Field Trip Checklist
Team “Tool Box”
Classroom Response Kit
School Emergency Supplies List (REMS)
Drill Schedule & Log 
Parent Letters (Samples)
NEW Sample Reunification Plan

MOA samples for various agencies

Trauma Informed Approach Checklist (KCSS)
School Vulnerability Checklist
Threat Assessment Protocol
School Threats Handout (KCSS)
Sample of terroristic threatening letter for parents

Schools: Resources for Safe Chemical Management
Considerations when working with students with disabilities
FEMA Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
FEMA The Role of Districts in Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
Crisis Brochure (U.S. Department of Education)
Addressing Adult Sexual Misconduct in the School Setting: A Training Guide for Administrators and Educators (REMS)
Bombing Prevention Assistance for K-12 Schools (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)
 More Links