Colleges and universities are like "mini-cities." As such, emergency preparedness should be organized in a way that is similar to a city's preparedness efforts. Examples from the government sector can help institutions of higher education understand how emergency preparedness has evolved and how technology and system-wide solutions can help unite emergency management across not only a single campus, but between satellite campuses and government agencies. This whitepaper will cover the:
The Clery Act forced colleges and universities to understand that awareness is a step toward preparedness and prevention, which in turn revealed the undeniable fact that campuses have needs that extend far beyond security. The act requires that colleges and universities to disclose security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and employees.
From whiteboards and excel spreadsheets to web-based crisis information management systems, emergency preparedness has significantly changed over the years due to adaptation to a number of events, including 9/11, Katrina and the Virginia Tech shooting. Technology has been a central part of that evolution.
At the center of any preparedness plan are the school’s emergency management and preparedness programs and the software with which it is managed. Having a web-based crisis information system that can collaborate, communicate and be used for daily use is essential to the success of your emergency preparedness plan.