Updating the Campus Emergency Operations Plan

The focus of this 7 hour training is to provide higher education institution officials with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to refine and update an all-hazard Campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This course aligns with the standards and guidelines adopted by the Joint Administrative Rules of the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 101), and the Guide to High-Quality Campus Emergency Operations Plans, published by the federal departments of Education, Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Health and Human Services, Justice and the FBI. Participants will have an opportunity to review their campus EOP to determine if it contains the necessary components in scope and sequence, identify areas for improvement, and further develop recommendations for revisions, review and approval by campus officials.  

Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) program is a 3 day course designed to prepare faculty, staff, and students to help themselves and assist the schools, higher education institutions or local community in the event of a disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately during major disasters, a C-CERT can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property. The goal of the C-CERT course is to provide participants with basic skills, knowledge, tools and resources necessary to serve on a team in the unique context of the school and campus community. 

When emergencies occur, C-CERT members can assist first responders with critical support by providing immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. Each C-CERT member will receive training in emergency preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, CERT organization, Incident Command System, disaster psychology, terrorism, and light search and rescue. The target audience includes campus police, public safety, fire services, emergency medical personnel, environmental health and safety personnel, residence hall or building managers, risk managers, community relations or outreach officials, faculty, students, or other personnel employed by any college or university, who may be called upon to serve or lead a C-CERT team.  This training provides a perfect opportunity to serve as optional coursework for enhanced citizenship targeting middle/junior high/high school students. The goals and objectives of this course are aligned with community service requirements and specifically the Volunteer Service Credit Program (Section 27-22.3) to uniquely meet local graduation requirements.  

All-Hazard Emergency Planning for Illinois Colleges & Universities

Colleges and universities are sometimes threatened by natural and man made events, yet many higher education institution do not have up to date comprehensive emergency operations plans. Many senior campus officials are unaware of federal compliance requirements for higher education institution emergency plans under the Higher Education Opportunity Act 2008, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) including the use of the Incident Command System. The Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act (CSEA) requires all higher education institutions to develop a NIMS compliant all-hazard emergency plan and a violence prevention plan, including formation of a multi-disciplinary Violence Prevention Committee and a campus threat assessment team. This session provides an awareness level overview of the components of effective campus emergency management planning including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. This 5 hour training is appropriate for senior campus administrators, department heads, campus police/security, faculty and staff tasked with emergency management, communication and response. The target audience also includes first responder agencies, county/city/village emergency managers, community leaders and elected officials in areas where higher education institutions are located.   

Topics addressed include compliance requirements for the CSEA and adopted administrative rules, standards and guidelines for a campus emergency plan and violence prevention plan, reporting requirements, and role of senior campus officials during emergencies. Information gained will assist in updating campus emergency operations plans, provide guidance for developing an emergency management team, establishing a campus emergency operations center and identify key roles of executive leadership during an incident or disaster.  

Advanced Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment

The training presented in this 8-hour session is a follow-up to the initial Forming a Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Team course. This course is designed to provide information on current best practices, refresher training on campus threat assessment procedures, topics in advanced threat assessment, and tabletop and group exercises to reinforce skills. This advanced training provides enhanced focus and skill-building on interview techniques designed to give participants a chance to practice their skills in a few key areas, particularly in threat assessment procedures, case management, planning for threat assessment interviews, and in conducting interviews more effectively. Participants will also gain a better understanding of recent legal developments in campus threat assessment and greater understanding of factors that can negatively impact team dynamics and how to remedy them.

The target audience for this course is current members of campus behavioral threat assessment teams investigating student and employee threatening or aberrant behaviors. The course is appropriate for campus or local law enforcement officials, community mental health professionals, campus counseling center staff, human resources, legal counsel, student services administrators, student housing, and others who may provide assistance to the team.


Forming a Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Team

Higher education institutions have an obligation to provide a safe environment for learning. Part of this safe environment includes the ability to prevent violence by evaluating potentially violent students, faculty, and staff. Participants in this course will gain an enhanced understanding and ability to identify persons of concern exhibiting threatening or aberrant behaviors, evaluate the risk of the threat, and provide appropriate interventions and case management to reduce the risk of violence. The target audience and campus threat assessment process is a multi-disciplinary team approach comprised of higher education institutional leaders, faculty governance, campus law enforcement/security departments, campus counseling/mental health services, campus judicial affairs, local law enforcement, and local community services/mental health agencies.

This 1 day (8-hour) session is designed to address violence prevention through behavioral threat assessment using best practices, research, and showcasing different threat assessment models for higher education institutions. The training targets actions based on behavioral assessments and focuses attention to campus and public safety concerns as well as legal issues involved in the process of managing potentially dangerous human behavior.


G-367 Emergency Planning for Campus Executives

Tragedies and catastrophic incidents have taken place at colleges and universities in the past. Findings and recommendations from various after-action and lessons-learned reports from these incidents point to two major needs for institutions of higher learning: the concept of operations should be based on an all-hazards approach and the incident management of response mechanisms should transfer easily from one incident to another. This 2 hour overview of emergency planning serves as a briefing for executives of institutions of higher education and provides them with insights into multi-hazard emergency planning and their role in protecting lives, property, and operations.  

AWR-132 Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents

Bomb threats to schools are a significant problem throughout the United States. Although more than 90% of bomb threats turn out to be pranks, school districts must take each threat seriously because of the real potential for death and serious injury. The problem of bomb threats is an annual occurrence for many school districts, resulting in days lost from teaching and learning, emotional trauma to students and staff, and financial costs. Effective response to school bomb threats requires the coordinated efforts of administration, faculty, staff, and first responders.

This 4-hour New Mexico Tech course is designed to aid emergency responders who respond to school bomb incidents.  The primary target audience includes firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, security personnel, and school employees who are responsible for planning for and responding to bombing incidents in schools.  This course addresses issues and considerations involved in developing a safe and effective school bomb threat response plan annex as part of the school emergency operations plan. This is a prerequisite course for K-12 school officials attending the AWR-130-2 Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings.


AWR-130-2 Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings

This 4-hour New Mexico Tech course is designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential incident involving explosives or who are likely to witness or investigate an event involving the use of explosives or explosive devices. This course provides basic information on explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons.  Classroom topics include: understanding the terrorist threat, improvised explosive devices, safety issues, etc.  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to identify and take appropriate action in the event of a potential or realized weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incident involving explosives and incendiaries. 

The target audience for this course includes school administrators; higher education institution officials responsible for emergency planning and managing bomb incidents; college and university police/security/public safety officials, facilities managers, building and grounds management, housing, recreation and athletic staff; as well as responders from the following fields: law enforcement, fire service, emergency management, healthcare, public health, public safety communications, public works, hazardous materials, and governmental administration.  K-12 school administrators must attend the Understanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents course as a prerequisite.


L-363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education Institutions

This 3 day course is designed to be delivered to teams of campus personnel who are responsible for developing, reviewing, implementing and exercising their campus emergency operations plan. This course provides institutions of higher education with the knowledge and strategies to enhance their capacity to protect lives and property within the context of comprehensive emergency management. The training is highly interactive with class exercises coupled with numerous individual and small group activities including a realistic campus emergency operations center functional exercise. This course is appropriate for local first responder agencies serving higher education institutions, local emergency managers and campus administration including: campus security/public safety; risk management; facilities; student affairs; public information; employee/occupational health; human resources; information technology; counseling; provost; and others with roles in emergency response and recovery.

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