This program is designed to give student affairs administrators, staff and counseling center staff an overview and introduction to critical issues that should be planned for and addressed in planning for emergencies in their campus community. The purpose is to raise questions and awareness about how prepared you are and questions to discuss internally to address areas that may need to be improved.
1. Discuss need for planning for critical incidents both “everyday” occurrences and “the big ones”
a. Understanding that planning and exercising for smaller everyday incidents will also prepare for larger incidents.
b. Basic principle of hazard analysis – look at vulnerability and impact analysis
c. Developing a crisis planning group
d. Applying the four phases of emergency management and the need for student affairs professionals to address all phases: mitigation, planning, response, and recovery
e. Necessity of exercising plans and the phases of exercises: drill, tabletop, functional, and full scale
2. planning issues for counseling center and other student affairs staff for responding to critical incidents, especially large issues. (i.e. Training, staffing issues, self-care, integrating into overall campus response plan).
3. What are basic planning issues and why are they necessary to have in place before an incident to provide assistance to families?
a. Planning issues
b. Basic needs
c. Including these scenarios in campus crisis exercises (usually most forgotten aspect)