Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Grant

The Portland Public School District was awarded $658,206.00 for the Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant through the Department of Education.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a model to address emergency preparedness. 


Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. These should be incorporated into all school, district, or campus emergency management plans. The phases are defined as:

  • Prevention-Mitigation: Identifying all potential hazards and vulnerabilities and reducing the potential damage they can cause;
  • Preparedness: Collaborating with community partners to develop plans and protocols to prepare for the possibility that the identified hazards, vulnerabilities or emergencies will occur;
  • Response: Working closely with first responders and community partners to effectively contain and resolve an emergency in, or around, a school or campus; and
  • Recovery: Teaming with community partners to assist students and staff in the healing process, and restore a healthy and safe learning environment following an emergency event.