Welcome to the Mutual Assistance for School Safety (MASS)

NEW:  Safe School Planning workshops are scheduled at MCOE in September.

Annually, by March 1st of each year, all schools are required to review and if necessary update their plan, and submit to their district board for approval. EC 32280-32289.  

Click on the below training description for registration and additional information.  Registration links are provided on each flyer.

September 16, 2013      Developing or Updating your SB 187 Comprehensive Safe School Plan  EC 32281-32282

September 23, 2013      Creating a Bully-Free School:  safe school policies, programs, and strategies that address bullying behaviors  EC 32282(f).

September 30, 2013      Emergency Response and Crisis Management: review and revise the emergency response component of your Safe School Plan EC 32281 (f) (1), EC 32282 (a) (B)                                                                                                                                         


NEW: the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a on-line course for childcare providers, pre-school staff, and early childhood educators that covers the steps to help  prepare for incidents to ensure the safety of the children at their site, develop plans and procedures to keep children safe from everyday hazards, and to respond and recover when an emergency happens. IS-36 - Multihazard Planning for Childcare 

About MASS

The Mutual Assistance for School Safety (MASS) is a working group and training system to help Monterey County's schools and districts comply with State and Federal requirements for safety and crisis response.

Trainings on writing and updating the Comprehensive School Safety Plan and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan are held each year at the beginning of the school year (August-September).

Special topics are presented throughout the year as needed or requested:  examples include Crisis Communications; Tsunami actions; H1N1 Prevention and Response; Personal Safety in the Workplace; Schools as Evacuation Sites and Post-Disaster Shelters.

In addition, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security-funded National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a series of trainings are available, including:

  • Threat & Risk Assessment 
  • Mayoral Institute Seminar for All-Hazards Preparedness
  • Senior Officials Workshop for All-Hazards Preparedness
  • Incident Management / Unified Command for CBRNE and Terrorism Incidents
  • Disaster Management for Public Services
  • Public Information in a WMD/Terrorism Incident
  • Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making for Elected Officials
  • Advanced Incident Management / Unified Command
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operations and Planning for All Hazards 

WHO MAY ATTEND THESE TRAININGS? Any representative of a public or private school or district who has been authorized by their supervisor. These meetings are for individuals who are specifically tasked with the “hands on” responsibility of developing and maintaining school and district level emergency preparedness and response plans. First responders and respresenatives of responding agencies and organizations such as the Red Cross, SPCA, public works, and many others are welcome.

TO BE ADDED TO OUR MAILING LIST for future trainings,  complete this form. MASS Mailing Listing


Recommended Training:

IS-100.SCa for Schools follows the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines. At the completion of this course, you should be familiar with: 1) ICS applications in school-based incidents; 2) ICS organizational principles and elements; 3) ICS positions and responsibilities; 4) ICS facilities and functions; 5) ICS planning.  Available online at Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)

Emergency Preparedness & Safety Plan Links:

  School Safety: California Department of Education Safe Schools Planning Checklist: California Department of Education
  Preparing Your School For A Crisis: Ed.gov Discover the Natural Hazards in Your Area & Reduce Your Risk
  Plan Ahead for Emergencies with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Online Emergency Management Training from the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center
  Tsunami Preparedness in California; Central California and the San Francisco Bay Area (video) Ready.gov: the Federal government website on preparedness
  "Tsunamis: Know What To Do!" from Ready San Diego. Video available in English and Spanish sub-titled. West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Center