About CMI

Crisis Management Institute

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Are you trying to navigate the current crisis or trying to make solid plans for the next one — whatever it may be? We can help.

Our 40+ years addressing school crisis response, trauma intervention, and violence prevention has taught us what youth, parents, and their communities need in order to lower anxieties and build resilience.

Meet our founder Cheri Lovre.

Best Sellers

Crisis Resource Manual

Crisis Resource Manual

The Crisis Resource Manual is your “go to” guide for critical decisions and actions on crisis day. This book also contains material helpful in planning for crisis response.

School Crisis Response Covid Edition

School Crisis Response | Covid Edition

This is an online manual — plus video  segments and worksheets — provides the foundation for your new crisis response plan in a distance learning environment.

The Safe Room: A Guide for School Crisis Responders

The Safe Room

This book provides schools with guidelines for operating a Safe Room where students can process grief and find meaning in the aftermath of tragedy without disrupting teacher’s work or other students learning. 


I witnessed Cheri Lovre’s intervention in a school community torn by racial divide. Her guidance led to a palpable change. I couldn’t recommend her work more highly.

– Linda Shoemaker, School Counselor
Lancaster County PA

Meet Cheri Lovre

Cheri Lovre started as a Behavioral Specialist in the 1980s writing IEPs and working with behaviorally challenged students in schools. She noticed that many of the students on her caseload were struggling with grief or trauma. As a result, by the mid-80s she was training school crisis response teams (Flight Teams).

She wrote the Crisis Resource Manual in 1985.  Armed with her third book, the Catastrophic Events Resource Manual in the 90s, she began responding to school shootings. Her first response was Thurston High School, Springfield. Just one year later she responded to Columbine. Cheri spent 2 years in  NYC following 9/11 and her work continues still. With every on-site response, she’s gained more and more insight on the root of all of this violence.