Grant Recipient Shares Tips on How to Apply for REMS Funding


South-Western City Schools (SWCS) Project Director Gary L. Sigrist Jr. will discuss his experience with the Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) program at the Campus Safety Conference on Tuesday, March 30.

In June 2008, Sigrist’s district was awarded a $250,000 REMS Grant from the Department of Homeland Security through the U.S. Department of Education. (Article continues below.)

In his Campus Safety Conference presentation, he will talk about the grant writing process, both the interim and final reports, and the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) requirements he had to meet. Sigrist will share the process he used to build relationships with the four law enforcement jurisdictions and five fire districts, along with state and federal agencies, that serve the SWCS district, using their knowledge and input to develop the SWCS ‘All-Hazards’ plan.

Additionally, he will share the process he used when he completed 38 security and vulnerability assessments and show copies of the final reports. He will also have examples of building, classroom, and school bus emergency plans.

Sigrist’s presentation is will take place on Tuesday, March 30 from 10:15 a.m. to noon. For additional information on the Campus Safety Conference and to register, please visit or call (800) 576-8788.

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