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District-level and Site-level Emergency Response Teams


There are 6 site-level Emergency Response Teams (ERTs):

  • Command and Communications
  • Records
  • Facilities Management
  • Assembly Area Management
  • Search
  • First Aid

District Emergency Response Teams carry out the following functions:

  • Incident Management

  • Transportation

  • Recovery & Business Continuity

  • Logistics

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Public Information

  • Facilities Management


Incident Commander

The Incident Command Team facilitates Annexes A and H of the Emergency Operations Plan. The Incident Commander (IC) is responsible for creating the Incident Action Plan and utilizing the Incident Command System in carrying out that plan.

The IC should form a Communications Team at the beginning of the operational period to handle both internal and external communications.  Members of this team should be assigned to facilitate Crisis Communications and also coordinate efforts with the Public Information Officer.


The Liaison acts as an intermediary between the school and the first response agencies.  There should be at a minimum one district-level Liaison.  Each site may also need to designate a Liaison depending on the scenario.

Safety Officer

The Safety Officer oversees all crisis operations and maintains situational awareness throughout the event in order to aid the Incident Commander in making decisions and to mitigate further injuries.

Planning Officer

The Planning Officer is responsible to staff (mobilize) the Emergency Response Teams, plan a long-term rotation schedule as needed, and then demobilize the Teams in a safe and orderly fashion. Technical specialists report to the Planning Officer and aid in the decision-making in carrying out the crisis action plan.

Operations Officer

The Operations Officer is responsible for carrying out the functions listed in the Incident Action Plan.

Administrative/Finance Officer

This person maintains logs and records of the time spent by employees during the crisis as well as all costs incurred during the operational period.  

Public Information Officer (and staff)

The Public Information Officer, aided by assigned district staff, facilitates internal (staff, students, guardians) and external (responding agencies, media) communications during the operational period per the Incident Action Plan.

Light Search & Rescue, or "Sweep", Team

The Search Team facilitates basic searches for staff or students who are not accounted for in areas designated as safe to enter.  They may accompany first responders in routine searches to provide details about the facilities.

First Aid Team

The First Aid Team facilitates basic care needs of staff and students on site utilizing basic triage and first aid-type treatment methods.  The team may assist first responders with record keeping.

District Crisis Counseling Team  

The Crisis Counseling Team facilitates basic screening (triage) of staff and students, either addressing identified needs on site, in scheduled post-incident sessions, or by providing contact information for mental health professionals. The team may also facilitate ongoing resiliency training, assist with suicide awareness trainings, bullying prevention programs, or assist in debriefings as needed.

Facilities Management Team

The Facilities Management Team facilitates sheltering and perimeter security needs addressed in the Incident Action Plan.

District Logistics Team

The district's Logistics Team coordinates with and supplies the needs of site level teams activated in the Incident Action Plan.

Records and Reunification Team

The Records Team maintains vital records before, during, and after the crisis.

Assembly Area Management Team

The Assembly Area Team facilitates supervision and basic care needs of staff and students until reunification is complete.

District Business Continuity Team

The district's Business Continuity Team facilitates crisis response and recovery activities.

District Transportation Team

The district's Transportation Team facilitates transport of staff and students as needed.