Emergency Planning

Read: Iowa Floods Test Mount Mercy’s Emergency Management Plan

Iowa Floods Test Mount Mercy’s Emergency Management Plan

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.

Read: Are You Ready to Recover?

Are You Ready to Recover?

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.

Read: The Golden State Standard: California Community Colleges Get Prepared

The Golden State Standard: California Community Colleges Get Prepared

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.

Putting Your Plans Together

In the first two installments of our three-part series on NFPA and NIMS compliance, CS readers learned the importance of understanding the applicable codes and how to start creating their emergency/disaster management plans. This last installment shows you how to compile this information into a fully viable program.

Read: On Patrol: It’s Showtime for Emergency Management

On Patrol: It’s Showtime for Emergency Management

Planning ahead for a potential disaster is just one of the many responsibilities facing UC Davis’ Emergency Manager Valerie Lucus, as she emerges from behind the scenes to explain what it means to be in such a position.

Read: Award Winning Turnarounds

Award Winning Turnarounds

Both recipients of the 2007 Campus Safety Director of the Year Awards knew it was time to give their departments a fresh start. From changing their agencies’ images to implementing new technology – and everything in between – Bonnie Michelman of Massachusetts General Hospital and David Rivero of the University of Miami had what it takes to put their agencies back on track.

Read: On Patrol: Convention Security During Unconventional Times

On Patrol: Convention Security During Unconventional Times

With 2008 being a presidential election year, our nation’s main political parties will soon be hosting their conventions. What often goes unnoticed, however, is how these events can affect adjacent campuses. Here’s how Massachusetts General Hospital successfully planned for the 2004 Democratic National Convention and protected its patients, staff, visitors and premises.

Read: Creating an Emergency Plan: 10 Ways to Tame the Beast

Creating an Emergency Plan: 10 Ways to Tame the Beast

For those individuals suddenly given the responsibility for developing a disaster/emergency management and business continuity program, basic plan, or emergency operations plan, the process can be overwhelming. This second part of our three-part series on NFPA and NIMS compliance provides 10 steps campus officials can follow to start creating their programs, while avoiding the fear and frustration that normally accompanies the task.

Read: Why You Should Care About NIMS and NFPA Standards

Why You Should Care About NIMS and NFPA Standards

Campus officials should have a clear understanding of NIMS, NFPA 1600 and NFPA 1561, as well as incorporate these codes into their emergency management programs. This first part of our three-part series discusses how both public and private sector institutions that do this can reduce their exposure to litigation in the aftermath of an incident and be better able to respond to the event itself.

As I See It: Multiple Modes of Mass Notification Make Sense

Recent tragic events have shined a giant spotlight on college campuses’ crisis communication tools and their limitations. While it is extremely challenging to prepare for every crisis situation, multichannel communication tools significantly improve a campus’ ability to reach its community in the fastest, most efficient and effective method possible. As such, these tools must be a cornerstone of any prudent college or university crisis response plan.

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