2/17/2011 12:00 AM
TEEX is assisting Texas A&M University in developing an integrated, comprehensive emergency management plan that can be used as a model and resource for universities nationwide.
The Texas A&M Office of Safety and Security and TEEX are jointly developing an integrated set of plans for all hazards, as well as training and exercises for the campus communities. The goal of the project is to transform disparate emergency plans from across campus departments into an integrated Safety and Security Program. A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education is funding the initiative.
TEEX was called on to partner with Texas A&M on the project because of the agency’s recognized expertise in emergency planning, training and response. This multi-divisional effort involves three TEEX programs: Knowledge Engineering, the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, and Public Safety and Security.
The extensive project includes developing, reviewing and integrating a comprehensive campus plan that includes continuity of operations and training for personnel. Other components involve linking planning and response to state and local partners, developing a plan for acts of violence on campus and infectious disease outbreaks, and planning for special needs populations. The new document will give Texas A&M University a comprehensive and cohesive emergency prevention, protection, response and disaster recovery resource.
Texas A&M’s annual Campus Safety Awareness Week, which was funded in part by the grant, served as a potent reminder to the campus community to be safety-conscious.