Chapter 1

Is Your School Really Ready for Any Crisis?

Colleges and universities are responsible not only for the education but also for the safety and welfare of their students. That responsibility includes keeping them free from physical and psychological harm from the moment they enter the campus. In recent years, it has become distressingly apparent that these institutions are not well prepared for this challenge. While most institutions across the United States have an emergency management plan, many of these plans are not comprehensive and do not meet federal guidelines.

Ask any president, provost, or director of emergency operations at most colleges and universities across the country and they will tell you that they have an emergency ...

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