National Higher Education Emergency Management Needs Assessment
December 01 2016
- What is needed to improve emergency management at IHEs?
- Where are resources currently being deployed on campuses?
- Where are the gaps in resources and information?
- What is the best way to fill these gaps and improve campus public safety?
The key findings are based on information collected from a national survey of emergency management practitioners at IHEs, targeted interviews, case studies, discussions at a summit of representatives from Oregon IHEs, and input from a project advisory committee. The CSC research team identified five key themes related to EMP needs: institutional engagement; training and exercises; plans and operational continuity; staffing and resources; and partnerships and assistance.
The CSC research team also developed a set of draft recommendations, which were vetted and refined by an advisory committee. The final five recommendations are:
- Re-fund the U.S. Department of Education’s Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grant program.
- Establish an emergency management curriculum and training program targeting executive leadership.
- Establish an ad-hoc working group focused on communication and resource coordination between campus emergency management officials and federal agency representatives.
- Encourage designation of IHE emergency management coordinators at the state or regional level.
- Establish an ad hoc working group to develop a program maturity model for institutions’ EMPs.
Download the National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment (PDF) report for an overview of emergency management at IHEs; results of the higher education emergency management needs assessment survey as well as a copy of the survey instrument; findings, conclusions, and recommendations; recommended best practices for EMPs at IHEs; and an appendix of selected resources for IHEs.