Washington State Emergency Management Division

AWR-148 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents - Partnering Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Local School Systems

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Course Description

This eight-hour course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies.

Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23% of the total student population (more than 11 million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are often limited in resources, so it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate on planning, preparing, communicating, responding, and recovering from a
school-based incident.

Through this course, rural law enforcement officials receive information and training tools that may be used when working with their local school systems. As a result of the training, law enforcement, superintendents, principals, school
resource officers and others within the school system will be better prepared to work collaboratively when a crisis occurs.

Course Objectives
  • Define terminology commonly used in school emergency management
  • List and provide example commonly identified vulnerabilities of schools
  • Define and explain domestic threats, domestic violnce spillover, workplace violence, and terrorism
  • Define and explain targeted violence and the associated process
  • Contrast phyiscal and behavioral profiling
  • Explain the Threat Assessment Inquiry process
  • Define the three levels of lockdown and situations that would warrant each level
  • Describe actions taken by school personnel and emergency responders, mainly law enforcement, during shelter-in-place
  • Describe the Dual Gate Parent Reunification process
  • Describe actions and expectations of mental health defusing and debriefing
  • Describe issues surrounding incident anniversaries, memorials, and 'copy-cat' events
  • Describe collaborative roles of law enforcement and schools in posts-crisis communications
  • Identify pertinent training tools and resources available from all disciplines




Please note that a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) is required for this course. To obtain a FEMA SID, please follow this link:

Target Audience

The target audience is personnel involved with critical infrastructure, emergency operations, and incident response in public or private organizations, including state, county, and municipal officials; members of industry affiliations and chambers of commerce.

Continuing Education
CEU: Hours - 0.4
Contact: Hours - 8


House of Awakened Culture - Suquamish, WA

7235 NE Parkway
Suquamish, WA 98392

Click here for directions

Course Manager

John Byars