Higher Ed Emergency Management Grant Winners Announced
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education has provided an updated list of the Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grant winners for fiscal year 2010.
The winners are:
Pikes Peak Community College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joliet Junior College
(Purdue University Calumet)
Emmanuel College on behalf of the Colleges of the Fenway
Missouri Southern State University
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ithaca, New York
Sullivan County Community College
Loch Sheldrake, New York
Case Western Reserve University
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of St. Thomas
Western Washington University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
The EMHE grant program supports institutions of higher education (IHE) projects designed to develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate campus-based all-hazards emergency management planning efforts. A program funded under this absolute priority must use the framework of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to:
- Develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate a campus-wide all-hazards emergency management plan that takes into account threats that may be unique to the campus;
- Train campus staff, faculty, and students in emergency management procedures;
- Coordinate with local and State government emergency management efforts;
- Ensure coordination of planning and communication across all relevant components, offices, and departments of the campus;
- Develop a written plan with emergency protocols that include the medical, mental health, communication, mobility, and emergency needs of persons with disabilities, as well as for those individuals with temporary special needs or other unique needs (including those arising from language barriers or cultural differences);
- Develop or update a written plan that prepares the campus for infectious disease outbreaks with both short-term implications for planning (e.g., outbreaks caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or food-borne illnesses) and long-term implications for planning (e.g., pandemic influenza);
- Develop or enhance a written plan for preventing violence on campus by assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students, staff, and faculty who may be at risk of causing violence by harming themselves or others; and
- Develop or update a written campus-wide continuity of operations plan that would enable the campus to maintain and/or restore key educational, business, and other essential functions following an emergency.
Typical activities included in grantee programs include reviewing and revising existing emergency management plans; conducting vulnerability assessments of campus facilities and grounds; providing training to campus staff, faculty and students; organizing tabletop exercises or large-scale drills; improving on-campus communications; collaborating with local first responders and community partners; and developing or enhancing behavioral threat assessment processes on campus.
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