Mandated Costs - Earthquakes/Emergency Preparedness
Marin public schools may be eligible for reimbursement, under Mandated Costs, for certain planning and training activities in the emergency preparedness area. Schools can check with their business office or contact Mandated Cost Systems, Inc. at 800-487-9234.
SECTION 35295-35297
35295. The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) Because of the generally acknowledged fact that California will experience moderate to severe earthquakes in the foreseeable future, increased efforts to reduce earthquake hazards should be encouraged and supported. 
(b) In order to minimize loss of life and disruption, it is necessary for all public or private elementary schools and high schools to develop school disaster plans and specifically an earthquake emergency procedure system so that students and staff will act instinctively and correctly when an earthquake disaster strikes.
(c) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to authorize the establishment of earthquake emergency procedure systems in kindergarten and grades 1 through 12 in al the public or private schools in California.

35296. The governing board of each school district and the county superintendent of schools of each county shall establish an earthquake emergency procedure system in every public school building under its jurisdiction having an occupant capacity of 50 or more pupils or more than one classroom. The governing board of each private school shall establish an earthquake emergency procedure system in every private school building under its jurisdiction having an occupant capacity of 50 or more pupils or more than one classroom. Governing boards and county superintendents may work with the Office of Emergency Services and the Seismic Safety Commission to develop and establish the earthquake emergency procedure systems.

35297. The earthquake emergency procedure system shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(a) A school building disaster plan, ready for implementation at any time, for maintaining the safety and care of students and staffs.
(b) A drop procedure. As used in this article, "drop procedure" means an activity whereby each student and staff member takes cover under a table or desk, dropping to his or her knees, with the head protected by the arms, and the back to the​​​​​ windows. A drop procedure practice shall be held at least once each school quarter in elementary schools and at least once a semester in secondary schools.
(c) Protective measures to be taken before, during, and following an earthquake.
(d) A program to ensure that the students and that both the certificated and classified staff are aware of, and properly trained in, the earthquake emergency procedure system.


Training Resources
For Marin County Office of Education courses and workshops, please register online at:
First Aid and CPR
The Marin County Emergency Medical Services coordinates the provision of First Aid and/or CPR classes to groups of six or more persons and maintains a list of agencies that offer these classes. Instruction is available through the American Red Cross, Mill Valley Recreation Center, several local fire districts and other agencies.   Contact the individual agency or the Emergency Medical Services Program at 899 Northgate Drive, Suite 104, San Rafael, CA 94903, phone 415-499-6871 or fax 415-499-3747. Schools should make individual arrangements for training by contacting the local fire district or agency directly.  
School Emergency Management Online Courses  

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center offers courses to expand and enhance emergency management planning efforts throughout districts and schools.  The courses cover the four phases of emergency management and more, including:

  • ​Introduction to the Four Phases of School Emergency Management 
  • Developing a School Emergency Management Plan
  • Preventing and Mitigating School Emergencies
  • Preparedness in School Emergency Management
  • Responding to School Emergencies 
  • Recovering from School Emergencies
  • Emergency Management Considerations for Students and Staff with Disabilities
  • Bereavement at Schools
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness in School Emergency Management​​​​
Incident Command System for Schools (NIMS IS-100.SCa)

This is a core National Incident Management System (NIMS) training to familiarize school administrators and staff with how the NIMS and Incident Command System principles can be applied in school-based emergencies.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute offers an interactive online NIMS IS-100.SCa course in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education.  Approximate course length: 3 hours 

National Incident Management System: An Introduction (NIMS IS-700.a)

This training describes the intent and key principles of the National Incident Management System and the purpose of the National Integration Center.  It is not designed to replace the NIMS IS-100.SCa (Incident Command System for Schools) training.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute offers an interactive online NIMS IS-700 course  in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. Approximate course length: 3 hours    ​ 

Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)

SEMS is the system required by Chapter 7 of Division 2 of the Government Code  §8607 to standardize response to emergencies involving multiple jurisdictions or multiple agencies.  The standard organizational model is based on an approach called the Incident Command System (ICS) which was developed by fire departments to give them a common language when requesting personnel and equipment from other agencies and common tactics when responding to emergencies.  The ICS can be used by any combination of agencies and districts in emergency response.  It clearly defines the chain of command and limits the span of control of any one individual.