Emergency Operating Procedures

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What You Need to Know & Address

Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”

Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very emergency operating proceduresspecific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More

Campus Officer vs School Resource Officer

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College Police Officer

When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.

First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More

Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) vs. Rapid Responder

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Rapid Responder Logo high resWhich System is Best for Your Needs?

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), is a “trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive But Unclassified information.”1 It is used by Federal, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, International, and Private Sector partners on a nomination and acceptance basis. Rapid Responder however is an all hazards emergency preparedness and crisis management system that is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and utilized by public and private schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities, stadium, ports and seaports, government facilities, and other critical infrastructure. Both have their admirable qualities, but one is more all-inclusive for most facilities and organizations that are looking to increase preparedness and aid their responders in an effective response. Read More

Keeping Minors Safe on College Campuses

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Ensure a Safe Environment when Minors are on Your College Campus

Individuals under 18 years of age visit college campuses every day whether it be to watch a performance, visiting to make a decision about acceptance, attending sports programs, camps, big/little peer groups, or visiting a family member. Sometimes they come with supervision and other times they don’t and they may or may not stay overnight in a residence hall, or attend a class. Whatever the reason for minors being on college campuses, their safety is a top priority. Below are 4 ways you can work toward mitigating risk and keeping minors safe while they’re on your campus. Read More

Out of the Binder & Into the Cloud

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Complimentary Webinar for Oregon Education Leaders

Long gone are the days of keeping emergency plans in binders and distributing amended documents through email! Oregon schools and other education entities are invited to join us on February 11 at 10 am PT, as we showcase Rapid Responder, emergency preparedness and crisis management system. Take your response plans out of the binder and into the cloud, where all entities can view and perform procedures quickly and easily on any device.emergency plans

Rapid Responder, by Prepared Response, Inc., has been implemented in every k12 campus across Washington, empowering schools to plan, prepare and respond quickly and efficiently during any emergency. Join them and get your Oregon campus implemented with this robust system. Read More

12 Topics for Monthly Safety Meetings

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Keep Your Safety Team Engaged & Use All Meetings for Training & Educationsafety meetings

Sometimes the most difficult part of safety meetings and what makes them less than effective, is not knowing what to discuss. We always recommend having a safety meeting once a month, but sometimes, there aren’t any safety issues to discuss. When those instances occur, take the opportunity to discuss new topics, or for training. Today we are going to give you 12 ideas for topics that you can use this year in your monthly safety meetings. Read More

Threat Assessments, a Main Ingredient for Facility Security

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Tips on How to Write Threat Assessments & Mitigate Risk

Threat assessments “provide a guidance framework to develop and implement the mitigation measures that would be necessary and appropriate to the identified threats to” a facility. – Thomas Bullock III, Law Enforcement Specialist with VML Insurance.*

Threat assessments are an invaluable part of security for any facility and by not performing a threat assessment on a regular basis you are leaving your facility vulnerable to ever changing threats. Some form of threat assessment should be performed annually, even if it’s just re-assessing, but a new threat assessment should be performed every other year. Read More

Campus Officers & Community Officers: More Alike than You’d Think

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Campus and community officers have many similarities in their jobs, and sometimes may even be colleagues. They both strive to keep their community safe, face many risks with every shift they work, and share similar leadership roles and responsibilities. Although thought of as different types of law enforcers, with differing job descriptions, they are actually quite similar and rely on each other to keep our communities and college campuses safe. Read More

Christmas Break Safety on College Campuses

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3 Ways Your Security Officers Can Ensure a Safe Campus

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Students no longer fill the library into the late hours of the night, and after finishing their exams they head home to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. All the while, campus security continues to work 24 hour shifts protecting campus buildings, cars left behind and any students or staff who did not leave during the break. But what more can your campus security do to help prepare your college? Use these 3 tips to keep your college campus safe this season: Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight,” vs. “Avoid, Deny, Defend”

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Although rare, active shooter situations do happen, and are a part of safety and security training in most organizations these days. Unfortunately, we must prepare for these unlikely incidents by knowing the most effective ways to respond. There are a few methods, but the most widely used and supported are, “Run, Hide, Fight,” and “Avoid, Deny, Defend.” Keep reading to learn what they mean, how they differ, and who supports them.

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