GSEM Services


 GSEM offers three main services:



Core Seminar

Intended Audience: 
  • ​School system administrators
  • School administrators
  • Faculty
  • Office staff
  • Facilities staff
  • Student support staff
  • Counselors
  • Security/SROs
  • Community partners
  • Local emergency managers
  • Local emergency responders
  • Stakeholders

Suggested Audience Size:

15-100 attendees
Course Description:
This one-day course is divided into five modules and is designed to teach attendees the basics of emergency management, planning, and response.

CC1 – Intro to NIMS and ICS

This module will familiarize school staff with the foundations of emergency management, including the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System. Designed with school audiences in mind, this class adapts concepts originally intended for first responders and emergency managers for relevance within the school setting.

CC2 – Intro to Emergency Planning

This module is intended to help school and school system stakeholders begin drafting a high-quality emergency operations plan or to improve their own plan. Concepts covered will include components of a plan, assembling a planning team, and basic risk assessment.

CC3 – Building Emergency Operations Plans

This module expands on the basics of planning by exploring the individual components of a high-quality EOP in depth.  Topics covered include: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), building functional annexes, building hazard-specific annexes.

CC4 – Intro to Training and Exercises

This module establishes the importance of building a school emergency
training and exercise program and identifies best practices to do so.
Concepts explored will include training modalities,  exercise design, after action meetings, and the improvement planning to encompass exercise program management.

CC5 – Capstone Exercise

Participants will put their knowledge to the test with an engaging and
dynamic emergency management scenario.

ELECTIVES (3.75 hours each)

These courses are available individually.  Each course covers ancillary
considerations and special topics in school emergency management.
Successful completion of the GSEM Core Course is a prerequisite for

EC – Emergency Communication

Participants will learn the basics of efficient internal and external
emergency communications.  Topics covered will include drafting an
effective communications annex, mass communications, social media, and Public Information Officer (PIO) best practices.

RR – Reunification and Recovery Planning

This course is designed to help participants design effective short- and
long-term recovery plans including reunification and Continuity of
Operations (COOP).

SN – Emergency Planning for Special Needs Populations

Developed in partnership with the Especially Safe taskforce.  Participants will receive information and tools to help them ensure that plans and training programs address the needs of special needs populations.

EA – Emergency Planning for Extracurricular Activities

This course will address the difficulties of planning for situations which
take place off school grounds and/or after typical operating hours.



Intended Audience: Local education agency (LEA) and school planning team members

Suggested Audience Size15 - 20
Workshops will consist of hands-on review and revision of school EOPs in a collaborative setting.  The goal of the workshop is to share ideas between stakeholders and make tangible improvements to existing plans.  The GSEM team will assist in updating existing EOPs to ensure compliance with local and state regulations. 

Technical Assistance Sessions


Intended Audience: School planning teams

Suggested Number of Participants: 3-15

Local education agency (LEA) and school administrators are able to request an appointment for individual planning aid sessions.  The team is available to perform EOP reviews, facilitate planning meetings, and aid in the development of relevant training and exercise programs.


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