If you’re a facility manager, building owner or enforcement official in charge of emergency preparedness for a college or university campus, you know a one-size-fits-all emergency management plan won’t cut it when it comes to the safety of students, faculty, staff and your facilities. You need a plan specifically tailored to your school’s needs and priorities with the ability to review and revise the plan as needed.
In honor of Campus Fire Safety Month this month, now is a great time to revisit that current plan or learn how to create one for the first time for your facility. Not sure where to start? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is hosting a one-day training (in October and December) that will have you feeling confident and ready for the task at hand. Through interactive discussions and scenario-based instruction you’ll learn why it’s important to implement an emergency management plan and the best way to do so. What’s more you’ll get a good grasp of how to identify components of mitigation, response, continuity and recovery, and how to perform a resource needs analysis. In addition, you’ll learn how standards such as NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs can be an invaluable tool throughout the entire process.
Once you’ve completed the training, you'll be fully prepared to critically review your facility's current plan to identify areas that need improvement and/or be ready to develop a new plan based on the strategies, tools and resources you receive at the training.
Let Campus Fire Safety Month be the jumpstart you need to start focusing on facility safety and preparedness at your school. Visit NFPA’s training page for more information including locations and dates, and to register.