NY's Safe Schools

NY's Safe Schools


 The New York's Safe Schools (NYSS) is a government agency which provides technical assistance and training to schools, students, families, communities and government organizations throughout New York State.

The NYSS and its diverse staff are committed to providing research-driven, data-based solutions to school violence and the implementation of policy as directed by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Office of the Governor.

The agency assists school districts in developing a comprehensive view of safety: physical plant safety as well as the school climate and culture. The NYSS plays a key role helping school districts implement the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law and the Dignity for All Students Act. The agency has been actively involved in assisting with guidance for the school safety planning. It has also worked with districts to implement federally funded projects such as the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS). The agency provides consultation to the Federal REMS Technical Assistance Center in the Office of Safe and Healthy Students of the US Department of Education.

The NYSS is and has been an important collaborator in statewide initiatives for school safety and a valuable resource to school districts.   For more information click on the Related Link for the NYSS

The mission of the New York State Safe Schools Initiative is to help schools across the state implement effective school safety strategies and plans to enhance emergency preparedness. The state is also committed to assisting schools by educating them on valuable ways to foster good communication between school staff, students, and law enforcement agencies. The strategies and plans as well as the cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our school students, creating environments where students can learn, grow and thrive.


Welcome to the official website of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).  You will find the information here to be a valuable and useful resource, whether you are an emergency manager, first responder, or a member of the public. Created in 2010, DHSES and its five offices  -- Counter Terrorism, Cyber Security, Emergency Management, Fire  Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications --  provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies.

Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, DHSES has taken great strides in enhancing the State's readiness and response capabilities.  From terrorist threats to natural weather challenges, it is critical that we remain focused on strengthening our partnerships through increased communication and coordination.

The website provides daily awareness of emergency-related events and activities from throughout the State including cyber alerts, State Fire alerts and bulletins, weather and travel, and State and national threat levels.  It also provides easy access to reporting terrorism tips as part of the State's "See Something, Say Something" campaign and to the State's all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert (www.nyalert.gov).

I encourage you to take time to browse the website and learn more about the DHSES mission.  Feel free to send us your comments. With continued knowledge and awareness, we ensure that our communities remain safe, secure and prepared.

Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner


Cyber Security Awareness Kids Safe Online NYS Poster Contest

How does it work? 

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services, Enterprise Information Security Office (ITS EISO) is conducting a kindergarten through 12th grade Computer Safety Contest in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

The goal of the contest is to engage young people in thinking about cyber security through the creation of posters that will encourage their peers to use the Internet safely and securely.

The sponsors of the contest believe that young people know best how their friends and classmates are using the Internet and can craft the messages and the images that will resonate with their peers and help them stay safe online.

The contest is designed to be fun and educational.  Enter the New York State contest to become eligible for the National contest! Winners will be awarded in New York in early 2015. Winners will be submitted to the National contest for each grade-band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9 -12).

Entries may be used in national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns. Examples can be found on the Kids Safe Online Webpage at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ocs/awareness-training-events/children/

We encourage teachers to use this contest as one way to begin addressing cyber security and online safety issues in the classroom. For information and resources about cyber security issues visit the "Protecting our Children on the Internet" and MS-ISAC.




OnGuard Online 

OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cyber security Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.       

Click on the link above to access the website. 

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