Scenarios & Other Resources

UPDATE:  The State Superintendent of Public Instruction has used his authority provided by HB 197 to approve an extended deadline for the 2020 Emergency Management Test in the wake of coronavirus-related ordered school building closure. The new deadline for the 2020 test is December 31, 2021. Please contact the Ohio School Safety Center with any questions related to this extension..
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Scenarios and Other Resources

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) is continuously working to develop resources and scenarios for schools to use in conducting their emergency management test. Below are some sample scenarios and resources schools can use in testing their emergency responses to hazards on their campus. The scenarios can be conducted with school community members and other stakeholders such as law enforcement, fire, emergency management, and emergency medical services.

We encourage schools to think about hosting tabletop exercises virtually through a web conferencing platform to practice social distancing.

K-12 School Severe Weather Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

This free exercise resource is designed to help primary and secondary school staff, first responders, and other partners prepare for strong winds and tornadic events. The toolkit can be found on Ohio EMA’s website.

K-12 School Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

This free exercise resource is designed to help primary and secondary school staff, first responders, and other partners prepare for and protect against a school active aggressor incident. The toolkit can be found on Ohio EMA’s website.

K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

This free exercise resource is designed to help primary and secondary school staff, first responders, and other partners prepare for and protect against a hazardous material incident. The toolkit can be found on Ohio EMA’s website.

REMS TA Center Tabletop Toolkits

The REMS TA Center has developed additional exercise and training packages that may be used to strengthen EOPs and identify gaps and weaknesses or bolster youth preparedness and engagement at a school or school district. These packages vary in their contents. The Emergency Exercises Package includes

  • An introduction to emergency exercises
  • Tabletop exercise instructions
  • Tabletop exercise scenarios/injects and podcasts for a power outage and infectious disease outbreak, and accompanying resources.

REMS Center Toolkits can be downloaded as a zip file here: Emergency Exercises Package.

Active Aggressor Tabletop Test Scenarios

Lunch period erupts into violence, catching your school community off balance; how do you react? Active Aggressor Scenario – Middle School or High School Setting

Active Aggressor Tabletop Test Scenarios

A meeting with parents turns violent; how will your staff evaluate the situation and what steps will they take? Active Aggressor Scenario – Elementary or Preschool Setting


Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your emergency management test. Also, we are always looking for scenarios schools have used and found success with. Please submit any suggestions to OhioSchoolSafetyCenter@dps.ohio.gov.