Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


Minnesota School Safety Center Statewide Training Program

The MNSSC offers several free training programs and classes to assist school districts with emergency planning. School Safety Center staff members train public safety professionals and work with individual school districts to enhance school safety across the state. Trainings can be provided in greater Minnesota as well as the metro area.
For more information on the following courses please email Director Randy Johnson, randy.johnson@state.mn.us

Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

This training is designed to be a 2 day workshop which provides information about developing, implementing, and maintaining a school crisis plan. The topics in this course include: forming the planning team; developing a school crisis plan; and partnering with public safety officials.

20 Minute Tabletop Exercises

This is a 1-2 hour course in which our staff will demonstrate how to facilitate a tabletop training exercise (TTX). Using this template can help schools identify gaps in their written crisis plans and to better gauge how these plans would work in a real emergency.

School Resource Officer (SRO) Training

The SRO courses are offered in a Basic and Advanced format. The Basic Course is a 2.5 day course designed to assist SROs with maximizing their effectiveness in the delivery of law enforcement services in schools.
The Advanced Course is a 1 day class focused on providing specific information to SROs regarding current situations effecting the school environment.

Facility Safe School Self-Assessment 

This course is designed to be delivered in either a presentation format for multiple school districts or a 3 hour hands-on approach within a building of a district. The MnSSC developed the Safe School Self-Assessment checklist for schools to use when conducting facility assessments. However some schools have asked for assistance for the initial assessment. This training provides that support with instructors who will assist assessment teams in finding hazards and discuss best practices to mitigate those hazards.

Threat Assessment in Schools

This half day course provides guidance to schools on how to develop a threat assessment program.  This includes developing the school threat assessment team, tips for conducting a threat assessment, and making an appropriate determination.

School Shooter / Intruder / Lockdown Enhancement Training

This training is a 3 hour course that provides school staff with effective strategies when responding to a potential intruder situation.  Strategies include universal emergency response procedures, lockdown enhancements and current best practices.


Responding to Bomb Threats

This awareness level, 3 hour course provides assistance and guidance to school staff who may be confronted with a bomb threat. This class provides information on evaluating and responding to the threat.

The Art of De-Escalation

This class is 1-2 hours and designed to assist participants in developing communication tools to use during difficult situations or crises. Attendees will learn effective ways to remain in control of a situation while maintaining professionalism.

Crisis Plan Reviews

This 1-2 hour session offers school officials the opportunity to review their response plans with the MnSSC team.  These plans are reviewed, emergency situations & hazards are identified, and best practices are discussed.

The Reunification Process

This 1-2 hour class was created to discuss and establish a reunification process and illustrate methods to unite students with their parents after a crisis situation or event. 

Crisis Communication

This 1-2 hour class is developed to provide school administrators with principles and procedures for communicating to community members, parents, and media outlets under crisis conditions.

Drilling for Success

This 1 hour class was designed to assist school officials to improve emergency drills by enhancing current practices with the goal of increasing overall safety and security awareness by engaging faculty, staff, and students in the process.

Access and Visitor Entry Procedures

This 1-2 hour class provides a discussion of best practices to reduce and control visitors who access your school. Taking steps to reduce the risk of unauthorized access leads to increased building safety and security.

Online Training Resources

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers several free distance learning programs related to emergency management in schools.
This training focuses on the basic operation of the Incident Command System used by emergency responders nationwide in their response to emergencies and its application for managing school emergencies. Recommended for: superintendents, school administrators, school safety directors, and other school staff assigned to leadership roles in emergency response including district and building response team members.
This course covers emergency management operations, assessing potential hazards in schools and developing and testing a school emergency plan. It provides a useful overview for members of district and building response teams as well as all district employees.
This course provides guidance for emergency managers and implementers of children’s programs on meeting the unique needs of children as a result of a disaster or emergency. Recommended for student support services personnel and all school staff.
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that provides a nationwide template enabling all government, private-sector, and nongovernment organizations to work together in emergencies. Recommended for superintendents, school administrators, school safety directors and other school leadership personnel involved in district and building emergency response teams.
The U.S. Department of Education offers a series webinars on school emergency management. These classes are recommended for school administrators, school leadership staff, school safety directors and other school staff involved in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
New Mexico Tech, under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, developed an online training for first responders and school personnel who may respond to bomb-related incidents in schools.
Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents (UPSBI)
This course discusses the components of a school’s response plan specific to responding to a bomb incident. It includes a section on threat assessment, defines critical actions for response, and ways schools can reduce their risk.
Congress and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training that reflects the needs of rural emergency responders and their communities. All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by DHS and is free.
AWR 148-W Crisis Management for School-based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and Local School Systems
This training provides a foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable rural law enforcement and school districts to establish school-based emergency response plans.
AWR 208-W Crisis Management in a Rural School
This course is designed to introduce principles and techniques for a coordinated response between first responders and school districts.