About Us

The Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP) is part of the Division of Field Services under the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance. Its goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the school population by providing direct support to New Jersey's schools in establishing safe and secure school environments and increasing their capacity to respond in the event of crises.  The unit provides support to schools to assist them with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning (prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery).  To achieve these goals, OSPEP operates in conjunction with agencies to achieve these goals, including the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Through the Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning, the NJDOE is committed to providing information and assistance to both public and non-public schools on topics such as: site specific vulnerability assessments, crisis response, contingency and continuity plans, target hardening/mitigation measures and communication protocols.

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