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Emergency Management: Federal Agencies Could Improve Dissemination of Resources to Colleges

Government Accountability Office (GAO), 2018

Colleges and other postsecondary schools must plan for various potential emergencies, ranging from natural disasters to violence. A number of federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Education (ED), offer resources to support these efforts. GAO was asked to review colleges’ awareness of these resources. This report examines how selected colleges prepare for emergencies and how federal agencies support college emergency preparedness efforts, including the extent to which selected colleges reported awareness of federal resources. At the conclusion of the study, GAO recommends that DHS, DOJ, and ED work together to identify opportunities to more effectively publicize emergency preparedness resources to colleges. All three agencies concurred with the recommendations or described actions to implement them.

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