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David Burns, Contributor

With more than 30 years experience, David is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) currently administering the emergency management program at Santa Clara University in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley. David managed the UCLA Office of Emergency Management for seven years and pioneered the development of the campus' award-winning "BruinAlert" system. David championed development of emergency plans, policies and procedures in the aftermath of Virginia Tech in 2007 and consults higher education institutions on emergency management issues. David is a subject matter expert in mass casualty incident management, emergency notification systems, comprehensive plan development, emergency organization, EOC design and operations, crisis communications, threat and vulnerability assessment, disaster recovery, grant administration and auditing. In 2009, David and other campus emergency managers provided consult in the development of the first incident management course developed by FEMA/EMI specifically for higher education (IS-100HE, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) for Higher Education). Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety magazine.

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Conflicting Active Shooter Training Concepts Cause Confusion

Uniform training and protocols will ensure everyone will know how to respond appropriately to a gunman.

Follow NFPA-1600 When Developing Your Emergency Management Program

Doing so can reduce your exposure to lawsuits.

Emergency Management Apps: A Primer

Here are the resources that are currently available for emergency managers to use in their jobs, improve personal preparedness, monitor rapidly evolving incidents and provide linkage to disaster readiness applications for their communities.

Emergency Managers Earn Their Keep

The cost benefit has been estimated to be $4-$11 for every dollar spent, but what price can you put on saving human lives?

Don’t Accept Mediocrity in Your Emergency Management Program

Let’s quit playing games with the structure of campus emergency management and demand accountability.

My Experience Developing Saudi Campus Emergency Management Programs

All disasters are local, no matter where you live in this world.

Is There a Gap in Your Mass Notification System Plan?

Check with your cell providers to make sure they aren’t blocking your SMS/text alerts.

Read: EOC Renovation Improves UCLA’s Earthquake Preparedness

EOC Renovation Improves UCLA’s Earthquake Preparedness

A recent full-scale earthquake exercise highlighted the need for this West Coast university to update its emergency operations center. Here are the developments and tools campus officials used to determine what they required.

You’ve Just Lost Your Top Emergency Management Employee. Now What?

Departments must be prepared for when important members of their teams leave.

The Challenges of Tracking Potentially Dangerous People

With the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, the nation was once again witness to a mass homicide that had connections to an Institution of Higher Education (IHE).

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