Education in Emergency: Role of the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Discretionary Grant Program

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Section1: Introduction Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) may apply to the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program for funding to help strengthen the emergency management plans of their institutions. School districts that are awarded grant monies may address the four phases of emergency management recognized by best practice standards. These phases include Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. As the state of California deals with depleted fiscal resources impacting a broad swath of public institutions that includes educational systems at all levels, Los Angeles Unified School District continues to pursue funding to provide a emergency management plan that is responsive to the intensifying community needs. In 2007, the Los Angeles School District was the recipient of $500,000 in 2003, $485,870 in 2007 and $710,053 in 2010 through the REMS discretionary grant program. With this successful history of REMS grants awards, the district is cognizant of the importance of clear demonstrations of progress in the development of its readiness and emergency management programs. To whit, two components of their ongoing development efforts are of particular interest: Collaboration with the U.S. Geological Society and articulation of the plans for students with disabilities. Los Angeles Unified School District has demonstrated strong collaborations with community partners in law enforcement, local government, public

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