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School Preparedness and Emergency Planning

School Safety Center

The School Safety Center is a section of the site that provides various tools to enhance and further develop school or district safety and security initiatives. NOTE: Entrance to the Center can be accessed by using the School Safety and Security Manual’s username and password.  If you do not have access to the Center, contact your school or district administration to determine access permission.  If you are still unable to access the Center send an email to request access to schoolsecurity@doe.state.nj.us .

  • Swatting: Mitigation Strategies and Reporting Procedures
    The NJCCIC defines swatting as a false report of an ongoing emergency (i.e. active shooter) or threat of violence (bomb threat) intended to prompt an immediate tactical law enforcement response. Swatting is not a new threat; rather, it has evolved over the last decade and includes a range of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used to cause false public alarm and divert law enforcement resources to a hoax threat. While certain incident types and tactics have received more media coverage than others, swatting scenarios include bomb threats, active shooter scenarios, threats of an imminent shooting rampage, hostage scenarios, and threats involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) agents.

    School Administrator Procedures:  Responding to Critical Incidents
    The department has developed the School Administrator Procedures: Responding to Critical Incidents to provide complementary procedures to those distributed by the Attorney General to law enforcement officials in July 2007.  The procedures focus on the topics of bomb threats, active shooter response, school lockdowns, school evacuations and public information.  These procedures will serve to strengthen our emergency response system in all schools and enhance communication, collaboration and coordination, resulting in improved responses to threats and hazards.

  • School Safety and Security Manual - Best Practices Guidelines
    The manual provides schools with additional guidance for establishing plans, procedures and mechanisms for responding to emergencies and crises, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-5.1.
  • School Facility Checklist (PDF | Word)
    This self-assessment tool can be used to enhance and evaluate school facilities.
  • School Safety & Security Plan Review Checklist (PDF | Word)
    This tool can be used to enhance school safety and security plans.
  • School Site Assistance Visit Worksheet
    The School Site Assistance Visit (SAV) Worksheet was designed by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in collaboration with state, county and local partner agencies. This worksheet is provided as a resource for use in conducting school site assistance visits (SAV).  It is recommended that this worksheet be completed in collaboration with local law enforcement and/or your County Prosecutor's Office.