EMA offers online toolkits for K-12

Staff report

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio School Safety Center within Ohio Homeland Security, has announced the release of two additional K-12 exercises: the K-12 School Hazmat Tabletop Exercise Toolkit and the K-12 School Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise Toolkit.

“Although we know that school will look different this year, it’s still important that we continue the conversations on how to best protect Ohio’s school students in the event of an emergency,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “These new school toolkits, along with the K-12 Severe Weather Toolkit released in March, provide all the information and materials needed to support the planning process.”

The K-12 School Hazmat Tabletop Exercise Toolkit helps school staff, first responders, and other partners to prepare for a hazardous material release near a school, such as the incident that happened this year in Massachusetts which sent 34 students to the hospital.

The K-12 School Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise Toolkit prepares school staff, law enforcement, and emergency responders to be prepared, when an active threat comes to an Ohio school.

These no-cost, discussion-based exercises provide all of the materials and information necessary to easily plan and host a tabletop exercise. These toolkits were adapted from material provided by Cuyahoga County’s ReadyEx initiative.

Exercise toolkit materials include: a PowerPoint presentation for the exercise; a facilitator’s guide; a Participant Situation Manual; a planning timeline; and meeting and support documents.

The toolkit is located ema.ohio.gov/Exercise_TableTop_Toolkit.aspx.

Staff report