The University of West Georgia is committed to service to humanity. In our view, that includes helping K-12 schools prepare to protect our children in the event of an emergency situation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of this initiative and requires schools to comply with emergency preparedness standards. We're excited to announce the UWG K-12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Center. We realize schools are challenged to establish preparedness plans that are effective, usable and affordable. Our new center will provide the training and planning assistance needed to develop such a program for your school.

"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
- Arnold H. Glasow

Our unique team of program designers, researchers, educators and mental health professionals will provide a clear training curriculum that includes faculty, staff and support personnel. We'll help you evaluate your current emergency management program and identify areas of need. Then we'll work with you to design a comprehensive program that includes emergency response training, contingency planning and clear, functional policies and procedures. Our goal is to help you ensure that your school is FEMA compliant - now and in the future.

  • Emergency Preparedness Training
    Emergency Preparedness Training

    UWG's unique model works to support K-12 schools and to build community assets through ongoing emergency management training. We offer on-site training for teachers and administrators in concert with an online instruction program. Our wide scope of assistance includes:

    • Emergency management plans
    • Capacity building
    • Introduction to FEMA standards
    • Disability planning
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and certification
    • Tabletop exercises and drills
    • Resources for training
    • Help with current plan evaluation
    • Mitigation/prevention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Response planning
    • Recovery planning and implementation
    • Development of mutual aid agreements
  • Recovery Planning 
    Recovery Planning 

    No school can prevent against all potential emergency situations. But how you react to an emergency can affect the severity and impact of an event. Do your employees know the proper steps to take in an emergency? We can help you develop an emergency management plan that includes:

    • How to properly contact help
    • Command & control structures
    • FEMA all-hazards model
  • Continuity of Instruction 
    Continuity of Instruction

    Floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, chemical spills and civil unrest all have something in common. They can render your school building unusable in minutes and the damages can take months to repair. Yet, schoolchildren will still need to be educated. Are you prepared to manage an extended relocation? Our team can help you develop a proactive plan for ensuring the continuity of service during an emergency relocation. We can assist in alternate site location, policy development and the formation of mutual aid agreements.

  • Conact Information 
    Contact Information 


" Like healthcare preparedness that preceded it, schools are one of the two 'magic bubbles' where we seem to think our children are divinely protected when we put them on the bus each day. We have infrastructure that is in some cases over 100 years old, and built in a time, and in a manner, for the era when chewing gum was the major crime on campus. Today, we have to appreciate that natural disasters are on the rise, as is crime, in an around school campuses." 
- Craig Marks