Recovery Starts
When The Crisis Begins

About The Standard Reunification Method

The Standard Reunification Method - Pre K-12


One critical aspect of crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event of a school crisis or emergency. The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams with proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful reunification. Keep in mind though, this is an evolving process. While there is a smattering of science in these methods, there is certainly more art. Site-specific considerations will impact how these practices can be integrated into school and district safety plans. Successful planning and implementation also demands partnerships with all responding agencies participating in a crisis response.

Why Bother?

Crisis recovery starts with the crisis, not after. Without a plan to reunite students and parents, more than just the mental health demands which accompany a crisis are ignored; the responsibility of the school and district in maintaining the chain of custody for every student can be lost. No school is immune to emergencies; fires, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, bomb threats, acts of violence... this is just a short list of events that could initiate a release and reunification for a school or district.

A predetermined, practiced reunification method ensures the reunification process will not further complicate what is probably already a chaotic, anxiety-filled scene. In fact, putting an orderly reunification plan into action will help defuse the emotion building at the site.

Tactics are
Intel Driven

What we plan is based on what we know.


But The Environment
Dictates Tactics.

What we do, is based on where we are.


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About the Materials

Downloadable versions of all materials are made available at no cost.
Optionally, you can purchase printed materials.

SRM V2 - Operational Guidance

Reunification guidance for schools, districts, departments and agencies.

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SRM - Parent Handout

The Parent Handout describes the SRM in a single page.




SRM - Reunification Card

The Reunification Cards are press ready for your printer. The artwork is set up for Work and Tumble on 8 1/2 x 11 index card stock. .




SRM Signage

Vector artwork sized at 24” x 32” comfortably fitting in most sandwich board curb sign frames.

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About The Reunification Operation Kit

If You Buy It,
It Gathers Dust.

If You Build It,
It Gathers Fingerprints.

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About the Reunification Operation Kit

“It was so Cool”

That was the summary report The “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s Executive Director, John-Michael Keyes, gave to the Foundation’s Board of Directors following the ALERRT Conference in 2014. Keyes was presenting at the conference and while there, Will Schwall, Deputy Marshal, City of San Marcos Marshal’s Office showed him the Reunification Operation Kit Hays County had developed. Conferences can get pretty busy and so it was already evening when Will popped the back of the Tahoe to show off the “Kit.”

“Even Cooler, They’ll Share”

It’s gratifying when a non-profit organization can see tangible outcomes. But it’s a testament to San Marcos and Hays County, Texas, that they are willing to share hundreds of hours of effort. To honor that commitment, the Foundation is releasing the work product as the “Reunification Operation Kit, Hays County Practical Implementation.”

The heavy lifting was accomplished by the City of San Marcos and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. The Foundation has edited, anonymized and formatted the material to follow SRM V2 graphic standards.


The objective of this document is to give the user enough material to assemble Reunification Operation Kits (ROK). There is some level of effort on the user’s part in creating maps, site plans and evaluating routes. Additional effort in promoting, testing and exercising the kits with all of the stakeholders will be necessary.


This product is designed from an experienced emergency management perspective, therefore a solid understanding of the Incident Command System and incident action planning is required.

Additionally, a solid understanding of the Standard Reunification Method will be necessary. If the other materials on the Foundation’s website haven’t been reviewed, please download and evaluate those materials as well.

How it Works

The goal is to create a self contained kit that can be brought to a reunification site and another kit for the impacted site. Hays County used file folders to accomplish a reunification. The ROK uses view binders with clear pages to accomplish the same. The kits contains written and graphic materials that can be distributed to reunification team members, on site, who perform the student/parent reunification. While there are some key roles where prior knowledge and training in the SRM is necessary, the kit contents have been created to allow for someone with no prior knowledge of the process to successfully understand, then perform their given tasks and duties, simply by opening and reading the contents of the binders.

Do Not Be Daunted

The Hays County Practical Implementation is an extensive operations plan, designed from the perspective of a well resourced city and county emergency management team. Smaller districts, agencies and counties should evaluate and scale to their environments.

There Are Two Teams:

The Impacted Site Team

Their Objective is to Safely Transport Students to the Reunification Site

The Reunification Site Team

Their Objective is to Reunify Every Student that can be Reuinified


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If You Buy It, It Gathers Dust.
If You Build It, It Gathers Fingerprints.

The Foundation built several versions of the Reunification Operation Kit (The ROK).
This is our current version. See our Amazon Shopping List.

Impacted Site - Transport Operation Kit

Check back soon. We're fixing a couple of issues with the Transport Operation Kit.
Send us an if you want to be updated when it's complete.

About The Reunification Operation Kit

Recovery Starts
When The Crisis Begins

If you're not planning for recovery today, it will be too late for your crisis.


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It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.

It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.