Chapter 2

Preparedness Triggers

What triggers a college or university to step up its emergency preparedness? Most colleges and universities have some sort of an emergency preparedness plan. It is safe to say that they are not all created equally. This chapter looks at areas that are sometimes overlooked when managing campus threats and crises.

Granted this is a developing area of practice due to the ever-increasing number of both human-made emergency events and natural disasters affecting colleges. And because of this, higher education administrators must include preparedness planning on their agendas. Why? Because parents and students expect the college to not only educate but also keep their children safe whether they are in a classroom, residence ...

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