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Mission Statement

The DHS School Safety Program’s mission is to coordinate emergency planning and develop safety procedures for all hazards affecting Indianapolis and Marion County schools.

Marion County Safe School Commission

This website was created as an information sharing tool for the Marion County Safe School Commission (MCSSC). Important documents and resources will be shared as they become available.

Training/How can the Division of Homeland Security help?

Presentations available on the following topics

  • What is Cert?
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Active Shooter Awareness
  • Extreme Heat Preparedness
  • Winter Preparedness
  • All-Hazards Preparedness
  • What is DHS?
  • *Email to set up a presentation or call 317-506-7770

    Independent Study Training or Online Training

    National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security- Emergency Management Institute

    Introduction to Emergency Management for Schools DOE

    Prevention-Mitigation Risk  Handout
    Preparedness Best Practices Handout
    Recovery - Physical, Business, and Academic
    The National Incident Management System (NIMS): Top Ten Questions

    The Great Indiana ShakeOut (Coming again in 2014)

    Site Resources


    Active Shooter Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation

    The New York City Police Department developed recommendations and analysis of active shooter incidents from 1966 to 2012. They compile 324 active shooter incidents to give insite, characteristics, statistics, and methodology of these active shooter attacks.

    Complete PDF Document Here

    (updated December 2012)

    Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities

    The U.S. Department of Education has developed this guide to provide schools and their communities with a general introduction to crisis management as it applies to schools and basic guidelines for developing school crisis management plans. Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Communities and Schools outlines the four phases of crisis planning (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) and provides checklists of the critical issues encountered in each phase. The Guide also provides information on specific elements of crisis management, including leadership, communication and the Incident Command System (ICS).

    More info:

    Guide to School Vulnerability Assessments

    This guide is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, originally published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 as a guide for schools and districts to prepare for a variety of crises. This new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, emphasizes a valuable part of emergency management planning-ongoing vulnerability assessment-and is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive or to give step-by-step instructions for conducting assessments, rather it is intended to describe the key elements to be considered when selecting an assessment tool appropriate for school environments and provide guidance for conducting an assessment that will inform school emergency management activities.

    Threat Assessment in Schools

    These two guides, published by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service, were developed as part of the Safe School Initiative, a study of 37 school shootings and other school-based attacks that took place between 1974 and 2000. These guides set forth a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. This process, known as threat assessment, was first pioneered by the U.S. Secret Service and has been modified based upon findings from this study. These guides are intended for use by school personnel, law enforcement officials, and others with protective responsibilities in our nation's schools.

    Bystander Report

    The Bystander Report was developed by the United States Secret Service and United State Department of Education. The report provides Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack.

    US DOE Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events

    Practical information for parents, students, teachers, and others who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster. (September 2005)

    School Emergency Procedures Guide (Rhode Island EMA)

    A copy of these guides should be placed in every classroom, gym, cafeteria, office, and other noticeable places in which students and staff frequent. This guide outlines recommended procedures for responding to emergencies. Since the information is general, each school or district needs to tailor these procedures to fit its own environment and capabilities. Schools may use this guide as a framework for developing a comprehensive school safety plan, with assistance from the RI School Emergency Planning Guide. For the most effective response, present these guides to staff during training and review procedures at the beginning of each school year.

    H1N1 Flu Information

    • Flu Season School Guidance
    • Emergency Planning: Influenza Outbreak