This page provides Campus Resilience (CR) Program resources for the academic community to address a range of threats or hazards affecting schools and campuses nationwide.
These resources increase awareness of current risks and threats related to the academic community, provide tools and content for schools to measure specific campus vulnerabilities, include best practice guides and templates to help schools take action, and list opportunities for schools to evaluate its preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
The Campus Resilience (CR) Program Resource Library provides the academic community with resources, strategies and templates to address a range of vulnerabilities and risks. This includes a variety of capacity-building resources and tools to empower practitioners and campus leaders to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from various threats and hazards posing a risk to the academic community.
Tabletop Exercise Series (TTX Series)
The Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series (TTX Series) is a collection of tailored events, each with unique objectives and outcomes, designed for the higher education community. Each event in the series challenges participants with multi-faceted threat based scenarios that test and strengthen their institution’s preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
- The National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) is an annual two-day event that includes workshop sessions, resources, complex tabletop exercise and an after-action review session.
- The Regional Tabletop Exercises (RTTX) are one-day events that include a tabletop exercise designed to address specific regional threats. The regional events are hosted multiple times per year in locations across the U.S.
- The Leadership Tabletop Exercises (LTTX) are half-day events hosted bi-annually for campus leadership designed to highlight their role in managing emergency incidents.
Exercise Starter Kits
Exercise Starter Kits are a set of tools and resources for institutions of higher education (IHE) to self-conduct a tabletop exercise (TTX).
The Exercise Starter Kits reinforce an IHE’s specific emergency plans, protocols, and procedures, while also testing and strengthening an institution’s preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
Exercise Starter Kits currently focus on cyber breaches, hurricanes, or active shooter incidents. Each kit includes:
- An Exercise Conduct Briefing for presentation during the TTX
- A Situation Manual to provide background information on the TTX, scenario content, as well as discussion questions for participants
- A Facilitator Guide for assisting facilitators in delivering the TTX
- A Participant Feedback Form Template for players to provide candid feedback on the TTX
- An After-Action Report Template for summarizing key strength and areas for improvement following the TTX
DHS provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions that can be used for training, exercises, planning, personnel, and equipment to prepare for many threats and hazards. These resources provide useful information on current grants available to IHEs. There are two main categories of grants: preparedness grants and other.
Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides program funding in the form of non-disaster grants to enhance the capacity to prevent, respond to, and recover from various emergencies.
This resource contains information on preparedness grants funding provided by FEMA to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in the form of non-disaster grants.
Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination
This website provides information on the Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordination initiative, which serves to provide investments in homeland security, emergency public health, and health care preparedness.
Find and Apply for Grants
In addition to the Non-Disaster Grants, this website provides useful resources on finding and applying for other various preparedness grants.
Continuing Training Grants
Offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) Continuing Training Grants (CTG) provides funding via cooperative agreements to partners to develop and deliver training to prepare communities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and natural, man-made, and technological hazards.
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Program
DHS delivers the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) program that provides high-threat medical training, including for community stakeholders that respond to incidents at schools in our communities.
DHS Protective Security Advisors
The Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection operates the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) Program. PSAs are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts who facilitate local field activities in coordination with other DHS offices.
PSAs perform security-focused community level outreach at educator's conferences/school board meetings and, within the scope of existing resources, help schools conduct security vulnerability assessments.
For more information on how to connect with your local PSA and to learn more about their specific offerings, please contact AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Campus Resilience (CR) Program in 2013, as an effort to engage institutions of higher education (IHEs) in developing and testing an emergency preparedness and resilience planning process tailored to IHEs. Managed by the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), the program is dedicated to helping colleges and universities build, sustain and promote resiliency to the threats that confront institutions across the nation.