This blog highlight some factors one should consider for university, college or school emergency management and provides some links to resources. These may be of interest to persons responsible for emergency management programs and for parents of students who may want to consider the emergency management capability of an educational facility as one of the factors when selecting the institution your child will attend. The quality of education offered is important but the safety of ones child is more important.
Leading emergency management standards such as CSA Z1600
and NFPA 1600
require educational institutions to not only plan for emergencies but to address prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Some key requirements from these standards and highlights from a recent conference I attended are provided below.
- Those in authority may be vicariously liable for their actions and inaction when it comes to emergency management
- Developing ones emergency management program to recognized standards will result in better programs and help mitigate liability
- Networking with emergency management peers / professionals provides a good source of information ( IAEM OAEM
PREVENTION / MITIGATION
- Limit your exposure by developing programs to current standards and best practices - CSA Z1600
and NFPA 1600
- Understand the hazards and risks for each specific location and plan accordingly. Some risk related resources are Alp & Associates
- Consider using Crime Stoppers
as a prevention strategy where the program provides this service
- Actively use social media
to such as Facebook & My Space to build relationships between staff and students to identify and diffuse
- Share incident statistics
with authorities, other schools and parents to better understand the problem.
- Disclosure of incident statistics is required in the US by the Cleary Act
. Could Canada benefit from similar reporting?
- Understand communications requirements - Implement and test appropriate systems and procedures. Good guidance in Z1600.
- Implement response plans and procedures developed during the preparedness phase
- Conduct post incident debrief and analysis to ensure lessons learned are incorporated into revised plans and procedures