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ERIC Number: ED515949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 73
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, US Department of Education
This "Action Guide for Emergency Management at Higher Education Institutions" has been developed to give higher education institutions a useful resource in the field of emergency management. It is intended for community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, and research institutions associated with higher education entities, both public and private. This action guide may be used in a variety of ways: (1) As a starting point in researching the topic of emergency management for those needing an overview of the subject; (2) As a resource for an initiative to develop and implement an emergency management plan at a higher education institution; or (3) As a reference and resource for colleges and universities looking to evaluate their emergency management programs to identify potential areas needing enhancement. Nine key principles serve as the foundation for the content of this action guide. These principles are: (1) Effective emergency management begins with senior leadership on campus; (2) An IHE (institutions of higher education) emergency management initiative requires partnerships and collaboration; (3) An IHE emergency management plan must adopt an "all-hazards" approach to account for the full range of hazards that threaten or may threaten the campus; (4) An IHE emergency management plan should use the four phases of emergency management to effectively prepare and respond to emergencies; (5) The IHE emergency management plan must be based on a comprehensive design, while also providing for staff, students, faculty, and visitors with special needs; (6) Campuses should engage in a comprehensive planning process that addresses the particular circumstances and environment of their institution; (7) An IHE should conduct trainings based on the institution's prevention and preparedness efforts, prioritized threats, and issues highlighted from assessments; (8) Higher education institutions should conduct tabletop exercises prior to fully adopting and implementing the emergency management plan; and (9) After adoption, disseminate information about the plan to students, staff, faculty, community partners, and families. A bibliography is included. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.) [This report is an update of "Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education", which was published on January 2009. To access this report, see ED504389.]
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 202-245-7896; Fax: 202-485-0013; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)