Through the university’s preparation for the event, as well as its e2Campus mass notification system, MSUM was not only able to notify students and staff of life safety information, but also gather enough sandbagging volunteers to prevent further damage to the city.
On today’s campuses, it is an unfortunate reality that emergency incidents can and do regularly occur. Institutions must be prepared to respond quickly to a broad range of events that interrupt daily operations – everything from acts of nature to acts of individuals. The headlines of newspapers are filled with stories of institutions caught unable to respond in an effective manner, underscoring the high costs of being unprepared.
Officials at Radford University in Virginia have collaborated with other campuses and first responders, as well as city, county and state government officials to overcome its emergency preparedness obstacles.
Recently passed legislation requiring NIMS compliance, communications interoperability and MOUs promises to make K-12 campuses in the Rocky Mountain State better able to respond to crises.
This July, as flood waters wreaked havoc on Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy College had an opportunity to implement its own disaster preparedness plans, which included contingency plans for natural disasters like flooding and tornadoes.
Every campus needs to be prepared to help affected people recover from the emotional trauma of mass casualty events. A well-prepared crisis recovery plan will lay the groundwork for these efforts.
Of all the higher education institutions in America, community colleges are the ones most often overlooked when it comes to emergency preparedness. California, however, has embarked on an initiative that will ensure its two-year colleges will be able to appropriately respond should a disaster strike.
This discussion will help participants analyze, understand, and assess their own program effectiveness.
This session will focus on improving college campus threat assessments, response and cyber safety in the post–COVID world.