National Conference Call on Guides for Developing Emergency Operation Plans for Schools, Houses of Worship

dhsAs part of the President’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence, the White House released “Emergency Planning Guides for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship.”

The DHS Center, in partnership with colleagues from FEMA’s National Preparedness Division and the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, will conduct a conference call/Webinar to assist faith leaders who want to put the House of Worship Guide into practice.


An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. CDT, 11:30 a.m. MDT, 10:30 a.m. PDT)

Additional Information:  In January 2013, President Obama put forward his “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence.  One of the executive actions put forth in his plan was the development of this new guide by Homeland Security, led by FEMA, the Departments of Education; Justice, led by the FBI; and Health and Human Services.

This guide will help houses of worship develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), and describes the principles and processes that will help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels.  The guide may be viewed here in its entirety.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of:

  • the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for a house of worship;
  • the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining an EOP for a house of worship;
  • the form, function, and content of an EOP plan for a house of worship; and
  • topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, key hazards to plan for.

The webinar will include a 60-minute presentation on the guide, a 30-minute question and answer session, and information on how to access more information and resources.


This webinar is first come, first serve – we encourage you to pre-register!  Registration can be accessed at the following link:

Guides for Developing Emergency Operations Plans: The White House released guides for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs) and houses of worship. These guides align and build upon years of emergency planning work by the federal government and are the first joint product of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Education and Health & Human Services on this critical topic.

The guides are customized to each type of community, incorporate lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Schools, IHEs and houses of worship can use them to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship


976 – Training Opportunity – IS 360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents – A Guide for Schools, Higher Education and Houses of Worship

Course Description: 

This course provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents.  Read More…

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