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Mandated Costs - Earthquakes/Emergency Preparedness

Marin public schools may be eligible for reimbursement, under Mandated Costs, for certain planning and training activities in the emergency preparedness area. Schools can check with their business office or contact Mandated Cost Systems, Inc. at 800-487-9234.
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First Aid and CPR

The Marin County Emergency Medical Services coordinates the provision of First Aid and/or CPR classes to groups of six or more persons and maintains a list of agencies that offer these classes. Instruction is available through the American Red Cross, Mill Valley Recreation Center, several local fire districts and other agencies.   Contact the individual agency or the Emergency Medical Services Program at 899 Northgate Drive, Suite 104, San Rafael, CA 94903, phone 415-499-6871 or fax 415-499-3747. Schools should make individual arrangements for training by contacting the local fire district or agency directly.

School Emergency Management Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center offers courses to expand and enhance emergency management planning efforts throughout districts and schools.  The courses cover the four phases of emergency management and more, including:

  • Introduction to the Four Phases of School Emergency Management 
  • Developing a School Emergency Management Plan
  • Preventing and Mitigating School Emergencies
  • Preparedness in School Emergency Management
  • Responding to School Emergencies 
  • Recovering from School Emergencies
  • Emergency Management Considerations for Students and Staff with Disabilities
  • Bereavement at Schools
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness in School Emergency Management​​​​

Incident Command System for Schools (NIMS IS-100.SCa)

This is a core National Incident Management System (NIMS) training to familiarize school administrators and staff with how the NIMS and Incident Command System principles can be applied in school-based emergencies.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute offers an interactive online NIMS IS-100.SCa course in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education.  Approximate course length: 3 hours 

National Incident Management System: An Introduction (NIMS IS-700.a)

This training describes the intent and key principles of the National Incident Management System and the purpose of the National Integration Center.  It is not designed to replace the NIMS IS-100.SCa (Incident Command System for Schools) training.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute offers an interactive online NIMS IS-700 course in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. Approximate course length: 3 hours    ​ 

Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)

SEMS is the system required by Chapter 7 of Division 2 of the Government Code  §8607 to standardize response to emergencies involving multiple jurisdictions or multiple agencies.  The standard organizational model is based on an approach called the Incident Command System (ICS) which was developed by fire departments to give them a common language when requesting personnel and equipment from other agencies and common tactics when responding to emergencies.  The ICS can be used by any combination of agencies and districts in emergency response.  It clearly defines the chain of command and limits the span of control of any one individual.