Crisis Response Resources

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement provides free, practical guidelines for responding to the death of a student or staff member. Also available are a booklet for parents, letter templates and psychological first aid guidelines appropriate for school use.

American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguished itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

Avian Flu and Pandemic Flu Information for School Leaders
This hot topic written by AASA gives an overview of the differences between avian and pandemic flus and resources for school districts when considering their emergency management plans.

Emergency Planning for School Leaders from the US Department of Education
This page provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

Emergency Planning for School Leaders: Pandemic, from the US Department of Education
This page provides information that can help school leaders include pandemic planning into their overall emergency plan.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation.

Hurricane Emergency Preparedness
This hot topic written by AASA provides links for school leaders and others when preparing for a hurricane. Also learn about the efforts of AASA and member districts after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

National Association of School Psychologists
NASP provides educators, school psychologists and parents with extensive information on crisis response, including natural disasters, suicide, trauma, violence prevention, war and terrorism.

Ready.gov
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

UCLA School Mental Health Project
Access resources for responding to a crisis from the Center for Mental Health in Schools.