Louisiana schools are responsible for the safety and care of students during emergency situations such as natural disasters or other potential hazards.


Plan and Prepare

School systems should review, update, and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs).

  • Access Readiness and Emergency Management for School's (REMS) 6-step process for creating plans to build and continually foster safe and healthy school communities before, during, and after possible emergencies.

  • REMS Technical Assistance Center’s website contains free resources, trainings, and technical assistance (TA) for schools and their community partners, including many tools and resources on emergency planning and response to infectious disease outbreaks. Schools may find these considerations are helpful for developing high-quality emergency operations plans.


Point of Contact

All LEAs are encouraged to designate and Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Point of Contact. This contact serves as the person responsible for entering and maintaining emergency preparedness and recovery information for their LEA.

In the event of an impending emergency, LDOE will contact the designated Emergency Preparedness and Recovery representative to remind them to complete and maintain the Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Dashboard (coming soon) throughout the emergency event.

During the recovery phase, LDOE will use the information added to the dashboard to support LEAs as needed.

Please contact LDOEcommunications@la.gov with questions.


Helpful Resources


Online Courses

REMS TA Center Virtual Trainings - A diverse set of trainings, including webinars and self-paced online courses on school emergency management available at no cost to schools. Certificates are issued electronically by the U.S. Department of Education.

Emergency Management Institute - Offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

The following courses are recommended for those interested in school emergency response planning: