U.S. Department of Education Awards $26 Million to School Districts to Improve Readiness and Emergency Response Plans

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $26 Million to School Districts to Improve Readiness and Emergency Response Plans

July 9, 2009

School districts across the country will be able to improve and strengthen their emergency management plans as a result of $26 million in grants awarded today by the U.S. Department of Education. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program will enable 108 school districts to improve plans that address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

"The safety of kids is our number one priority," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "In order for children to learn, they have to feel safe. It's our responsibility to help schools create safe learning environments for students. These grants will support that effort."

In addition to addressing the four phases of emergency management, plans must commit school districts to coordinate with officials in law enforcement, local government, public safety, public health and mental health; train school officials in emergency management; and provide a method for communicating emergency and reunification procedures to parents and guardians. Projects should support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and include plans designed to prepare districts for infectious disease outbreaks and take into consideration districts' special needs populations.

Funds may be used to coordinate with local emergency responders, including fire, police, and health and public health agencies; conduct drills and exercises; purchase emergency supplies and equipment; and to train staff and students on emergency response procedures.

The grants are housed within the Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office also coordinates the Department's efforts in these areas with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A complete list of the 108 grant awards follows:


Enterprise Board of Education
Enterprise, AL


Bentonville Public Schools
Bentonville, AR


Ft. Thomas Unified School District
Ft. Thomas, AZ


Northern Humboldt Union High School District
McKinleyville, CA

Glendale Unified School District
Glendale, CA

Elk Grove Unified School District
Elk Grove, CA

Del Norte County Office of Education
Crescent City, CA

Ontario-Montclair School District
Ontario, CA

Butte County Office of Education
Oroville, CA

Marin County Office of Education
San Rafael, CA

Westminster School District
Westminster, CA

Fortuna Union Elementary School District
Fortuna, CA

Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA

Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Los Angeles, CA

Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Jose, CA

Lodi Unified School District
Lodi, CA

El Rancho Unified School District
Pico Rivera, CA

Tuolumne School District
Sonora, CA

Mare Island Technology Academy
Vallejo, CA


Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, CO


School Board of Lake County
Tavares, FL

School District of Lee County
Fort Myers, FL

School Board of Polk County
Bartow, FL


Fulton County Board of Education
Atlanta, GA

Glynn County Schools
Brunswick, GA


Waukegan Public School District 60
Waukegan, IL

School District U-46
Elgin, IL

Cook County High School District 201
Cicero, IL

Waltonville Community Unit School District #1
Waltonville, IL


Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
Indianapolis, IN

Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County
New Palestine, IN

Evansville Vanderburg School Corporation
Evansville, IN

John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services
Indianapolis, IN

Metropolitan School District of Washington Township
Indianapolis, IN


Ankeny Community Schools
Ankeny, IA


West Kentucky Educational Cooperative
Murray, KY

Magoffin County Schools
Salyersville, KY

Carter County School District
Grayson, KY

Whitley County Board of Education
Williamsburg, KY

Leslie County Board of Education
Hyden, KY

Gallatin County Schools
Warsaw, KY

Hazard Independent Board of Education
Hazard, KY

Johnson County Schools
Paintsville, KY


East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Baton Rouge, LA

Bossier Parish Schools
Benton, LA


Harford County Board of Education
Bel Air, MD


Taunton Public Schools
Taunton, MA

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District
Rochester, MA

Triton Public Schools
Byfield, MA

Weymouth Public Schools
Weymouth, MA

Arlington Public Schools
Arlington, MA

Lexington Public Schools
Lexington, MA


Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District
Bay City, MI

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor, MI

School District of the City of River Rouge
River Rouge, MI

Michigan, cont.

Clarkston Community Schools
Clarkston, MI

Godwin Heights Public Schools
Wyoming, MI

Taylor School District
Taylor, MI

Monroe County Intermediate School District
Monroe, MI


Hopkins Independent School District
Hopkins, MN


Webster County School District
Euphora, MS


The Paideia Academy
St. Louis, MO


Butte Silver Bow County Public Schools
Butte, MT


Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, NE


Bergen County Special Services School District
Paramus, NJ

Teaneck Public Schools
Teaneck, NJ

Burlington Township School District
Burlington, NJ


Deming Public Schools
Deming, NM


Ulster County Board of Cooperative Educational Services
New Paltz, NY

Rochester City School District
Rochester, NY

South Orangetown Central School District
Blauvelt, NY

Chenango Forks Central School District
Binghamton, NY

Livonia Central School District
Livonia, NY

Cheektowaga Central School District
Cheektowaga, NY

Guilderland Central School District
Guilderland, NY


Lockland School District
Cincinnati, OH

Toledo Public Schools
Toledo, OH


Tulsa Independent School District No. 1
Tulsa, OK

Stroud Public Schools
Stroud, OK

Meeker Public Schools
Meeker, OK

Frederick Public Schools
Frederick, OK

Keota Public Schools
Keota, OK


Lincoln County School District
Newport, OR

Oregon Trail School District 46
Sandy, OR


Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Lancaster, PA

Gateway School District
Monroeville, PA

Bethlehem Area School District
Bethlehem, PA

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
Schuylkill, PA

Susquehanna Township School District
Harrisburg, PA


Florence County School District
Lake City, SC

Chester County School District
Chester, SC


Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Falls, SD


Cleveland City Schools
Cleveland, TN


Belton Independent School District
Belton, TX

Katy Independent School District
Katy, TX

Friendswood Independent School District
Friendswood, TX

Navasota Independent School District
Navasota, TX

Region XV Education Service Center
San Angelo, TX


Uintah County School District
Vernal, UT

Washington County School District
St. George, UT

Tooele County School District
Tooele, UT

Providence Hall
Herriman, UT

Provo School District
Provo, UT


Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA

Shenandoah County Public Schools
Woodstock, VA

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, VA


Shoreline School District #412
Shoreline, WA


Fond du Lac School District
Fond du Lac, WI