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School Emergency Management Grant

SEM Regional Training Project


The Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, and other partners are working together to provide training to schools and districts in developing and implementing high-quality, school emergency operations plans (EOPs).

Regional training coordinators will work in partnership with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. The trainings are designed for district and school safety teams to develop high-quality emergency operation plans. The focus is on serving rural school districts, charter schools, and non-public schools.

The objectives of the Colorado School Emergency Management Regional Training project are two-fold:

  • To improve the way Colorado engages schools and districts in creating and updating high-quality emergency operation plans.
  • To expand the local capacity of the project’s target population, this includes rural schools and districts, charter schools and non-public schools, through coordinated regional trainings on EOP.

This project is funded by the US Department of Education (USDE). For more resources and tools on emergency operation planning, visit the USDE REMS TA Center.

District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Self-Assessment Tool

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) will be providing training and technical assistance over the next several months to support district-level emergency planning. In order for us to best be of service to districts, we are asking districts to complete the District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Self-Assessment Tool to help us understand the needs of districts.

Upcoming Trainings

  • Northwest/Mountains at Battle Mountain High School: October 7, October 19, and November 16, 2016
  • Southwest at MCSD District Offices: October 20, October 27, and November 17, 2016
  • NE BOCES at the Haxtun Community Center: January 12, January 26 and February 9, 2017
  • Early Childhood Education at Adams 12: January 10, January 24 and February 21, 2017

View the SEM Training Flyer (PDF)

Participate in a Training

If your school or district is interested in participating in an upcoming EOP training, please contact the regional agency that is coordinating trainings in your area.

More Information


  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center -  This website provides webinars and resources to enhance emergency operation plans
  • REMS Guide for Developing School Emergency Operations Plans
  • FEMA Courses - Each participant of the district/school safety team is encouraged to have taken FEMA online courses and have certificates of proof as a prerequisite. Safety team leader are asked to complete FEMA course 100, 362, and 700 prior to the trainings. Other safety team members are asked to complete FEMA course 100 prior to the trainings. It is encouraged all participants of each safety team complete all courses as they are great tools. It is estimated that the time commitment will be up to 3 hours. The courses range from an hour to three hours depending on experience level with the subject matter. These courses are free of charge and participants are able to complete them at their own pace.
  • Building Blocks to School Safety (PDF) - A toolkit for schools and districts.

Contact Us

For more information contact Kathleen Keelan, 303-866-6601

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