Assessment of School Security

Reports, Research and Papers

Bomb Threats

  • Bomb Threat Guide. This free interactive planning guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free School and the U.S. Department of Of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • Online Bomb Threat Reporting. Maine schools must report all bomb threats to the Maine Department of Education. Learn more about the laws and reporting requirements associated with responding to bomb threats against Maine schools.

Buildings & Grounds

Maine School Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • Creating Safe Havens:  School Emergency Operations Plans.(PDF, 105KB). Planning is essential in order for staff to be ready to respond and maintain control during the early minutes of a critical incident. This program connects the federal, state and county standards to chart the planning aspect of school emergency preparedness and will help districts understand related school requirements.

Many federal resources are available to guide schools in emergency management. Please refer to the following federal agencies for guidance on school emergency preparedness:


  • Bullying Prevention on School Buses. These training modules help foster a safe and respectful environment on our nation’s school buses. Learn how to build a supportive bus climate, courtesy of U.S. DOE and National Association of Pupil Transportation.
  • Emergency Management Institute. Supports FEMA's goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in emergency management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies.
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools. This online training promotes school safety by familiarizing school personnel with how ICS principles can be applied in school-based incidents and preparing them to interface with community response personnel. FEMA provides this training at no cost.
  • National Training and Education. A variety of resources provided by FEMA.
  • Practice Sessions. The director of your CEMA will make appointments to schedule emergency management practice sessions and collaborate with local first responders. You will need to call your CEMA to schedule an appointment.
  • Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for School, Higher Education and Houses of Worship. This online training provides leading practices and resources to assist schools and higher education. FEMA provides this training at no cost.