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Louisiana School Safety

Who we are

Lessons learned from school emergencies such as the tragic events of Sandy Hook highlight the importance of preparing school officials and first responders to develop and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs). By having plans in place to keep students and staff safe, schools play a key role in taking preventative and protective measures to stop an emergency from occurring or reduce the impact of an incident.

Although schools are not traditional response organizations, when a school-based emergency occurs, school personnel respond immediately. They provide first aid, notify response partners and provide instructions before first responders arrive. They also work with community partners and governmental organizations that have a responsibility identified in the school EOP to provide a cohesive, coordinated response to events as they unfold. Community partners include first responders - law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service and emergency management personnel - as well as public and mental health entities.

What we do

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LADOE) is pleased to offer local school districts assistance in writing and implementing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans (High-Quality EOPs). This opportunity is provided by a grant - Grants to States for School Emergency Management Planning (SEMP) - from the U. S. Department of Education (DOE) through the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA).

Grant Program

The purpose of the grant is to build capacity at the district and local levels for all-hazards emergency operations planning. The initiative helps ensure school and campus safety and the appropriate response from on-scene staff in the event of an emergency or disaster. Although many already have High-Quality EOPs in place, this is a chance to improve upon existing plan you have and to help support those school districts and private schools that do not yet have High-Quality EOP.

What the program includes

The program includes:

  • Stakeholder outreach, meetings, round tables, training and TableTop exercises. (See side bar.)
  • Creation of a plan-development and implementation ToolKit.
  • Phased data collection.
  • Assistance with plan review and feedback at the district level.

When this happens

During the 18-month grant cycle, the program will provide the following:

  • January – April 2015: Phase I and II Data Collection
  • June 2015: 9 Regional Statewide KickOff Workshops
  • November - December 2015: A series of Round Table meetings
  • 1st Quarter 2016: 9 Regional TableTop Exercises
  • 2nd Quarter 2016: District After Action Reports (AAR) and Plan Revisions
  • 3rd Quarter 2016: District Plan Review, Closing Survey (Phase III Data Collection) and Wrap up

2015 Regional stakeholder kickoff workshop materials

To download materials from the 2015 Regional Kickoff Workshops click the SEMP Toolkit or SEMP EOP Guide below.

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SEMP Toolkit SEMP EOP Guide

Training opportunities



FEMA offers

online Independent Study (IS) courses, including:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction

REMS TA Center offers online K-12 emergency plan-development training, including:

  • Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 Online Training



GOHSEP offers in-classroom courses as a part of its regular training schedule, including: click here to register 

  • AWR-148 Crisis Management for School-based Incidents
  • School-based Threat and Risk Vulnerability Assessment
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-400 Advanced ICS

GOHSEP is coordinating K-12 emergency management training-by-request (TBR) opportunities provided by REMS TA Center at NO CHARGE, including:

  • Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Train-the-Educator Training
  • Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Train-the-Trainer Training

2015 Regional statewide kickoff workshops

During the Kickoff Workshops, a SEMP Toolkit was given to assist schools in developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs).

Date Region Time Location
June 2, 2015 2 10:00a-11:30a Dalton Woods Auditorium, LSU Center for Energy Studies, Baton Rouge, LA
June 8, 2015 1 10:00a-11:30a Bonnabel High School, 2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner, LA
June 10, 2015 9 10:00a-11:30a Tangipahoa Parish Environmental Services, 15485 W. Club Deluxe Road, Hammond, LA
June 16, 2015 3 10:00a-11:30a St. Charles Sheriff's Office, 260 Judge Edward Defresne Parkway, Luling, LA
June 17, 2015 4 10:00a-11:30a Abdalla Hall, 635 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA
June 18, 2015 5 10:00a-11:30a Calcasieu Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 901 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 200, Lake Charles, LA
June 23, 2015 6 10:00a-11:30a Mega Shelter, 8125 Highway 71 South, Alexandria, LA
June 24, 2015 8 10:00a-11:30a Ouachita Parish Fire Training, 1000 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe, LA
June 25, 2015 7 10:00a-11:30a Bossier Sheriff's Office Sub-Station, 2510 Viking Drive, Bossier City, LA

2015 Regional statewide round table workshop materials

To download materials from the 2015 Regional Round Table Workshops click here

Schedule of regional statewide round table workshops
The Round Table Workshops will facilitate discussion and offer a venue for school districts and schools to discuss best practices in emergency management and all-hazards emergency operations planning.


Date Region Time Location
November 5, 2015
Mel Ott Recreational Park, 2301 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA 70053
November 9, 2015
Abdalla Hall Auditorium, 635 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506
November 12, 2015
Ouachita Parish Fire Training Center, 1000 New Natchitoches Rd., West Monroe, LA 71292
November 16, 2015
Port of Caddo-Bossier, 6000 Doug Attaway Blvd., Shreveport, LA 71115
November 17, 2015
St Charles Sheriff's Office (Conference Room), 260 Judge Edward Dufrene Parkway, Luling, LA 70070
November 18, 2015
Tangipahoa Parish Environmental Services Building, 15485 West Club Deluxe Road, Hammond, LA 70403
November 19, 2015
Alexandria Mega Shelter, 8125 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria, LA 71302
December 1, 2015
Calcasieu Parish EOC, 901 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
December 2, 2015
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (Classroom #1), 7667 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

2016 Regional exercise workshop materials

To download materials from the 2016 regional exercise workshops click here

Schedule of regional exercise workshops
The exercise workshops will facilitate discussion and offer a venue for school districts and schools to exercise in emergency management and all-hazards emergency operations planning.


Date Region Time Location
May 11, 2016
St. Charles Sheriffs Office, 220 Judge Edward Dufresne Prkwy., 70070

May 17, 2016
Port of Caddo-Bossier, 6000 Doug Attaway Blvd. 71115

June 1, 2016
Calcasieu Parish EOC, Temporary Location, 3001 Industrial Ave., 70615

June 2, 2016
GOHSEP, 7667 Independence Blvd., 70806

June 4, 2016
Abdalla Hall, 635 Cajundome, Blvd., 70506

June 14, 2016
American Red Cross, 425 Bolton Ave., 71301

June 15, 2016
Mel Ott Rec. Park, 2301 Belle Chasse Hwy. 70053

June 21, 2016
Ouachita EOC, 1000 New Natchitoches Rd., 71292

June 23, 2016
Tangipahoa Parish Enviro. Srvs. Bldg., W. Club Deluxe Rd.

Need Help?

If you want to know more about SEMP or other school emergency planning information, contact your: