New Emergency Planning Guidelines for Maryland Schools

As reported by the Maryland State Department of Education, The Maryland State Board of Education recently gave unanimous approval to “Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local Systems and Schools,” a document designed to assist local officials in preparation and training for potential emergencies.

As described by the Department, the guidelines update a document first developed in 2003,

The focus on improved planning, as well for additional drills and other practice activities, represents improvements in the new version of the Emergency Planning Guidelines. In addition, the new document updates terminology commonly used in emergency situations.

Work on the new version began last year. The revision adds new tools for local systems, such as information on technology hazards, threat assessment, universal drill procedures, and staff training.

For more information, see the press release from the Department of Education or read the complete guidelines