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School Preparedness and Emergency Planning

School Preparedness & Emergency Planning

The New Jersey Department of Education takes proactive measures to protect the safety and security of all our students and staff members. Through the Department's Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP) the goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey's schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises.

The unit provides support to district and school leaders in assisting with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. To achieve these goals, the staff of the OSPEP works in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Through the OSPEP, the NJDOE is committed to providing information and assistance to both public and nonpublic schools on topics such as: site-specific vulnerability assessments, crisis response, contingency and continuity plans, target hardening, mitigation measures and communication protocols.


Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents – This time of year there is typically an increase in the number of bomb threats and swatting incidents. This training session, presented by the NJ State Police Arson/Bomb Unit, will provide participants with the language and tools to effectively assess school bomb incident response plans, guide recommendations to various situations, and identify factors involved in school bomb threats. Three regional sessions are available and there is no fee to attend. Seats are still available! Click on the link for dates, location and other information.

America's PrepareAthon - Be smart. Take part. Prepare. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.
April is National PrepareAthon! month.
Learn more about how you and your school can take part!

The New Jersey School Security Task Force Report and Recommendations