GSEM Training Calendar


Upcoming Training Dates

April Basic Course (Thursday 4/15, 8 am - 12 pm)
April Advanced Course (Friday 4/15, 8 am - 12 pm)
April Elective: Emergency Communication (Friday 4/23 8 am - 12 pm)

May Basic Course (Thursday 5/20, 8 am - 12 pm)
May Advanced Course (Friday 5/21, 8 am - 12 pm)
May Elective: Special Needs Planning (Friday 5/28 8 am - 12 pm)

June Basic Course (Thursday 6/17, 8 am - 12 pm)
June Advanced Course (Friday 6/18, 8 am - 12 pm)
June Elective: TBA

July Basic Course (Thursday 7/15, 8 am - 12 pm)
July Advanced Course (Friday 7/16, 8 am - 12 pm)
July Elective: TBA

Course Descriptions

Basic Course

1 – 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.

2A – 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.

3A – 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, basic exercise design, and the improvement cycle.

Advanced Course

2B – 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.

3B – Advanced Concept in Emergency Training and Exercise
This module explores training and exercise concepts in detail, including exercise design, administration, and logistics. Includes a deeper examination of exercise planning meetings, after action meetings, and program management.

Capstone Exercise – Put your knowledge to the test with an engaging and dynamic emergency management scenario.


April - Emergency Communication
Learn the principles behind effective communication before, during, and after an emergency.

May - Planning for Special Needs Populations
Join GSEM and special guests Michele Gay (Safe and Sound Schools) and Lee-Nadine Oppenheim (Ivymount School) as we discuss the importance of accounting for special needs students in your school emergency plan.

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