Department of Defense Education Activity

Crisis Management Toolkit

The purpose of the DoDEA Crisis Management Toolkit is to help families, educators, and community members understand how schools will ensure that children and personnel are safe and secure in the event of a crisis. It provides information for families and educators about schools' crisis management policies and procedures, and makes available useful resources to help children and adults cope with the stress and anxiety associated with traumatic incidents.

What is Crisis Management?

Crisis management encompasses prevention of, and preparation for, a critical incident or crisis event. It is a time-limited, problem-focused intervention to identify, confront, and resolve a crisis event. Effective Crisis Management restores equilibrium, reduces emotional trauma, and supports appropriate adaptive responses from the affected community. Crisis management includes the planning components of Risk Reduction and Incident Response.

Planning and Preparedness Resources

Let's Get Ready!
Sesame Workshop, along with its project partners has created Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies – together!
Plan for Emergencies
Sesame Street Workshop:  Preparing for emergencies is one more way to keep one another safe, and the whole family can help! Try these simple activities to get ready together.
Ready.Gov for Kids
A Federal Emergency Management Agency website for kids with information about planning and preparing for emergency situations.

Building Resilience

Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. Parents can help their children learn to face challenges successfully, whether it is the stresses of everyday life, such as academic difficulties or problems with friends, or severe adversity, such as losing a home and being displaced from normal routines for months with the following resources.

School Safety and Crisis Resources
Materials from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.