The purpose of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) is to provide emergency planning and support for school personnel immediately following a school crisis. Support is provided for a brief period of time by AEA staff trained in responding to traumatic events. Services may include logistical planning, assistance with communications, and counseling to students and staff at school the day of (or the day following) the event.
Of special interest to administrators in the midst of a crisis is the Principal’s 14-Step Crisis Response Plan, found on pages 4-6 of the Crisis Manual for School Administrators. This checklist provides information that can help a principal quickly consider what steps need to be taken immediately.