School Emergency Program


School Crisis and Emergency Operations Plan Overview

Each school day, our schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students in public, private and charter schools. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and youths safe from threats (human-caused emergencies such as crime and violence) and hazards (natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and accidents).   

The Nevada Division of Emergency Management works in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education to assure that all schools are prepared to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from any event.

The Nevada Revised Statue (NRS) 388.229 through NRS 388.261 and NRS 394.168 through NRS 394.1699 lays the foundation and guidelines for the requirements of the crisis and emergency response plan. Together we offer schools technical assistance, guidance and tools to create a comprehensive emergency operation plan. We encourage schools to work with their local government and community partners to train and exercise that plan. Our goal is to see that every Nevada child receives a safe environment to excel in their education.

    Nevada Requirements for Crisis and Emergency Response for Schools

    Nevada public, private and charter schools are required to have School Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) that meet the federal definition of a high-quality school EOP; in addition to Nevada requirements.

      Federal Requirements for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

      National preparedness efforts, including planning, are charged by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8, which was signed by the president in March 2011 and describes the nation’s approach to preparedness. This directive represents an evolution in the collective understanding of national preparedness, based on the lessons learned from: terrorist attacks; hurricanes; flooding; wildland fires; school incidents; and other experiences. 

      The Federal Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans was developed in response to the president’s call for model emergency management plans for schools. 

      The purpose of the guide was to ensure that schools’ emergency planning efforts were aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels. National incidents placed a new emphasis on the process and content for developing emergency operations plans.

        Nevada public, private and charter schools are required to utilize the Nevada Department of Education's Model Plan options for their Emergency Operation Plan's as required by NRS 388.253.

        Option 1: Emergency Operations Plan-(EOP) Assist Interact Workbook

        Option 2: Certify that your Emergency Operation Plan meets all of the requirements specified in the Crisis and Emergency Response Model Plan Guidance Checklist. Nevada public, private and charter schools will be required to provide the attached Crisis & Emergency Response Compliance Certification annually. 

        Nevada public, private and charter schools will be required to provide the attached Crisis & Emergency Response Compliance Certification annually.