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Emergency Management, Safety & Security

We are committed to supporting safe and welcoming learning and work environments for students and staff in Minneapolis Public Schools. 

Through our work we are improving the district’s ability to respond to emergencies no matter how large or small.

The MPS emergency plan addresses four areas of crisis management: prevention, preparedness/mitigation, response, and recovery. The plan considers the needs of all students and staff. There is also special planning for students and staff with disabilities and those learning English.

The MPS emergency management plan has been developed with help from the City of Minneapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security. Staff have and will continue to receive training in emergency related procedures, with mandated drills and exercises being essential parts of planning.

All MPS sites have their own site-specific emergency plan and trained Site Emergency Team (SET) members who continue to receive additional training on a monthly basis. The SET members are training staff within their sites on these emergency procedures and planning.

The goal is to institutionalize emergency planning into the day-to-day operations and management of each school and administrative site in the district.

Relationships, Ready, Respond, Recover

The EMSS Specialist assigned to your school is a relationship expert. With an eye to the overall safety of the building, Specialists work with site leadership teams to ensure safety by consulting, supporting, and connecting people and resources. EMSS Specialists focus on prevention, getting to know the staff and students, and learning the individual needs of each school site. They are your liaison between law enforcement and other emergency services.


Ernest North
Director, EMSS

Jermika Craft
Manager, EMSS

Moises Delatorre
Manager, EMSS

Shawn Shipman
Manager, EMSS

Jackie Vertigan
District Program Facilitator

Brandon Krona
Project Coordinator

LaSonderia Rogers
Administrative Support

EMSS Specialist Directory