Do you consider mental health resources a part of your campus safety infrastructure? You should. A lack of mental health supports such as counseling services, psychiatric services, and local hospitals, as well as policies and practices means your institution has inadequate campus safety resources. Campus safety is more than security officers and fire … Continue reading Campus Safety Infrastructure: Local Mental Health Resources
What are the things that you worry about when thinking about safety? What about with your family? With my background and interest areas, stuff that comes to mind for me includes fires, violent people, and medical emergencies. The basics of home and family safety include some things like working smoke detectors (one per floor and … Continue reading Family Safety: Codewords
Elevator Entrapment Protocols and Considerations What to do when someone is stuck in an elevator? This question comes up on occasion in campus safety and emergency management conversations. I asked some colleagues in higher education emergency management via the Disaster Resistant University Listserv about this and got a lot of great responses. After reviewing … Continue reading Elevator Entrapment Protocols and Considerations
Special thanks to involvio.com for publishing this on their site as well - http://blog.involvio.com/2018/01/28/untitled/. Since 1990, federal law has required colleges and universities to have a notification system for emergencies such as natural disasters, active shooters, bomb threats and more. K-12 schools are also required to develop emergency alerting protocols. Campuses send out critical information through … Continue reading Emergency Notifications, Texting, and the FCC
While the ubiquity of cell phones has sparked a debate about the necessity of blue light phones, campus officials might consider the benefits of keeping highly visible phones in service for the purpose of marketing safety.