One measure of an organization's strength is its ability to respond well in an emergency. Since every scenario cannot be predicted, an emergency response plan must be able to quickly adapt to events as they unfold. The Emergency Response Plan (ERP) designates areas of responsibility and defines for The College of Saint Rose the framework necessary to respond to emergency situations.
It is imperative that individual operations departments develop response plans for unique situations under their purview. The College response must be quick, professional, supportive, and designed to meet the emerging demands of any incident, emergency, or crisis situation. Response time to an actual emergency may be slow, unorganized, or non-existent if planning, training, and preparation for emergencies are not rehearsed.
The College is committed to providing a safe educational and work environment. The purpose of an ERP is to provide an effective means of communicating contingency and emergency plan responses and evacuation procedures to all campus constituencies in the event of natural, man-made, or other disasters and potential emergencies. The implementation of an emergency action plan is essential to ensuring the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Unforeseen events of all types occur despite all efforts to prevent them; therefore, it is necessary to develop effective emergency procedures to respond to these situations.
Effective disaster management includes interaction between campus officials and local emergency responders. Emergency plans should be in place and rehearsed internally through “tabletop” exercises with key campus personnel and local emergency responders to ensure their ability to function in the event of an actual emergency or disaster. Campus officials and responding organizations should know what is expected of them when emergency responses are necessary. Being aware of one’s responsibility in the event of an emergency will increase the likelihood of responding to critical situations effectively and efficiently.
The Emergency Management Team (EMT) would function in the same roles that a Multi-Agency Coordination Group does under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) framework. The group will receive information from the Emergency Operations Group and make policy determinations regarding response actions. The EMT members are the President, Vice President for Student Affairs, Chief of Staff, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, General Counsel, Director of Safety & Security, Provost or Designee, Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Chair of The Emergency Operation’s Group (as needed or available).
Approve overall priorities & strategies
Approves public information reports & instructions
Provides for counseling and spiritual intervention
Liaison with governments & external organizations
RAVE Alert System – Messages are sent via cellular telephones, voice mails, text messages and e-mail systems
Campus Public Address System – Alerts are broadcast over the Emergency Blue Light Call boxes
Public Media – alerts are sent via local television and radio stations
In order to be notified of weather-related closing of the College and other emergencies, employees and students are advised to enter their contact information into the RAVE Alert System available under the “Personal Information” heading in Banner: