Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2015/10
October 28, 2015
In this issue:
- NCCPS Accomplishments: Our Efforts to Address Campus Safety: The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) was established in 2013, with bipartisan support, through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Margolis Healy. Since we opened our Burlington, VT office in June 2014, we have partnered with an array of leading public safety organizations, colleges and universities, and subject matter experts to address critical issues and enhance campus safety efforts. We recently compiled information outlining some of our key accomplishments and plans for future endeavors in a two-page infographic. You may download the full infographic (PDF) here.
- FBI National Situational Awareness Report Released: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a situational information report on extremist activity. This report is intended to inform law enforcement personnel of a potential threat from extremists who may seek to harm law enforcement officers and government or other property. Those alleged actions underline the continued interest of violent extremists. Information contained in this intelligence bulletin is law enforcement sensitive. If you are a law enforcement official, please contact us to request a copy.
- Volunteer and Donation Management: Managing a crisis is a complex endeavor, and one important consideration is controlling the potential of an influx of unaffiliated volunteers and unsolicited donations. Without proper forward planning, the good will of community members who want to assist in response and recovery efforts may become a logistical issue, affecting your capacity to operate. The following information and resources will help government agencies as well as public and private organizations, such as colleges and universities, understand the challenges volunteer and donation management pose, and how each can be part of the solution.
October 21, 2015
In this issue:
- Call for Educational Instructors/Facilitators - Deadline October 30th: The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) was established in 2013, with bipartisan Congressional support, through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Margolis Healy. In April 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault charged the NCCPS with developing a training program for higher education administrators focused on a "trauma-informed" approach to sexual and gender violence investigation and adjudication. The resulting Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication training curriculum, built by nationally recognized subject matter experts in the fields of sexual and gender violence investigations, Title IX, the Clery Act, victim's advocacy, student conduct and psychology, is the first ever program specifically designed for the higher education community.
- Key Findings from Campus Safety Survey: We are pleased to share with you the 2015 Campus Safety Survey Key Findings Report that was conducted by Margolis Healy throughout April and May of 2015. The NCCPS played a key role in providing input into the re-launch of Margolis Healy's annual survey, which was first conducted in 2010. We'd like to thank all our subscribers who took the time to respond to the survey.
October 14, 2015
In this issue:
- Targeted Violence on Campuses: While it is generally known that schools, colleges, and universities are considered safe places, acts of targeted violence such as active shooter incidents can and do occur. Campuses face unique challenges when planning for and responding to targeted violence due to location, population, and complex structures. Several targeted violence resources are compiled below and on our website to help in your efforts to ensure the safety and well being of your campus community.
- Preparing for and Responding to Natural Disasters: Threats of natural disasters striking any community are real and the devastating impact of these disasters can be catastrophic. The recent flooding in South Carolina caused by unprecedented rainfall has claimed dozens of lives, leaving yet another community rattled to its core; it is a familiar story of devastation. Yet, through the darkness of disaster, shine stories of heroic first responders, citizens, and emergency management professionals. It is critical to provide these professionals, and your community at large, with the proper information and resources for defending against and responding to natural disasters.
October 7, 2015
In this issue:
- Mass Casualty Incidents: Planning and Training: A mass casualty incident (MCI) is defined as any incident where emergency medical resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties. While the general public typically recognizes MCIs as events such as building collapses, train derailments, earthquakes, and mass shootings, smaller events can also be MCIs.
- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM): Students, faculty and staff on college campuses use the Internet for a variety of reasons including doing homework, social networking, as well as communicating and posting lesson plans and grades. October has been declared National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM - not to be confused with National Campus Safety Awareness Month, which is in September) through presidential proclamation. This is an opportune time to recognize the importance of cyber security by educating and engaging campus community members through activities, events, and training that will raise cyber security awareness and promote safe online habits.