• Office of Emergency Management

    The Emergency Management component of Safety Services was created in the mid 1980’s to address the dynamic safety climate throughout the world. During that time, the Emergency Management Department was run by one individual but has evolved to keep up with changing times.  Presently, there are five members of the department to support the needs of the district and to help create best practices to keep our schools safe and welcoming.


    Who We Are

    Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness:
    Christian Tre' Woodson

    "The mission for the Office of Emergency Management is to create a safer environment for students to receive an education and staff members to teach our future leaders."

    Email: cwoodson@bostonpublicschools.org

    Assistant Directors:

    • Rick Deraney - Training
    • Amy Hamel - Planning
    • Rob Jackson - Logistics/Safety
    • Terry Lopez - Policy/Admin

    Our office is in the Boston Latin Academy with Safety Services. Together, the OEM Team boasts nearly 100 years' combined professional experience in life safety & security, over 30 years' higher education/professional development, and we have local, state and Federal experience in our field.


    What We Do

    The Office of Emergency Management is an innovative team working to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from critical incidents and disasters that affect the Boston Public School community. This includes performing Safety and Risk Assessments of school buildings, training faculty/staff on the policy and procedure of safety and security, educating the community on preparedness measures, and responding to incidents that require coordination of operational support.

    We are committed to supporting Boston Public Schools with lifelong lessons of fire and life safety, and look forward to the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and community.

    Safety Assessment: The OEM Safety Assessment reviews the current state of the building, focusing on opportunities for improvement and a more secure environment. This includes identifying the hazards, classifying the severity of each accident and determining the probability of each accident occurring. Most importantly, the Safety Assessment requires a thorough emergency management evaluation to analyze and implement reasonable control to remove, mitigate or reduce the hazards for the district. 

    Risk Assessment: The OEM Risk Assessment is a survey of the security and safety measures that demonstrate the resiliency of the building, region, and district, used to make data driven decisions on investments of time & resources to improve safety and security at Boston Public Schools. It is based on an infrastructure analysis from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency that we have modified for BPS.