School Safety Preparedness Resources


The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) program has become a nationally recognized model, and has further expanded its response capabilities in the area of school-based mental health, including psychological triage and recovery. The NEMLEC STARS Toolkit website provides downloadable copies of the STARS Toolkit 2nd Edition and the customizable School Emergency Operations Plan.

ARC Pillowcase Project

The American Red Cross, in partnership with Disney, sponsors the “Pillowcase” preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5. The program is designed to teach students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills.

Massachusetts Task Force Report on School Safety

A task force was convened to investigate and study best practices and policies for ensuring safety in K-12 schools. The report is intended to be a guide for developing and implementing practices to ensure students are both safe and feel that they are safe. 

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Tool Box

This tool box provides a virtual library of resources developed by school emergency managers in the field. It contains tools to aid school personnel engaged in emergency management planning. Be a Hero offers lessons for use by educators to teach children about preparedness. Campus Ready has compiled this list of planning and training resources to aid colleges and universities in their efforts to prepare their campuses for emergencies.

Save the Children “Prep” Rally

Save the Children created this toolkit to help families and educators teach children about preparedness through activities and videos.