Principals' Memo #1005-11

Department of Education

February 8, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Free Federal Emergency Management Agency Online Training for School Personnel

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering online workshops entitled "Crisis Preparedness – Planning for School Administrators" and "Campus Public Safety Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents."  The goal of the free workshops, sponsored through West Virginia University, is to provide information to school administrators and to support Department of Homeland Security's programs. The workshops take an average of two to four hours to complete.

The purpose of the "Campus Public Safety" course is to prepare campus public safety personnel to become more proficient in the management of emergencies because of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The "Crisis Preparedness" course improves the planning and preparedness capabilities of educational institutions by helping school administrators understand the principles of incident readiness. Practical examples, tools, and resources for Homeland Security strategies are provided to course participants.

Please visit the West Virginia University Web site at: or for more information or to register for the course. At the Virginia Department of Education, please contact Jo Ann Burkholder, safe and drug-free school coordinator, by phone at 804-371-7586 or e-mail