With school back in session, your campus is once again alive with the hustle and bustle of students scurrying to class, meeting for projects, and lounging in the common areas. Seeing the students about campus is a reminder that the safety of your faculty, staff and students is a top priority.
That is why September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). It is intended to raise awareness of particular issues affecting campuses throughout the nation. To stay in line with this theme, we are providing you with tips and resources for preparing your staff.
Safety Preparedness Tips:
- Hold mock campus security drills at least twice a year to prepare staff for emergency situations.
- Assess safety equipment such as cameras, emergency call boxes, fire extinguishers, etc. to ensure they are in proper working order.
- Update you safety plan to reflect changes made throughout the previous year and lessons learned from your mock security drills.
If your safety plan is paper-based it can be time consuming and expensive to update. Using a mobile safety platform, like SchoolDude’s CrisisManager, allows you to update response procedures in real-time including building diagrams, campus maps and emergency phone numbers. Update content as often as needed without wasting money on printing and paper costs. Your school’s safety plans are available with or without a Wi-Fi connection, are fully customizable and password-protected.
More Resources on Campus Safety:
White Paper – Safety Management: In a Crisis, You Plan is in Your Hands
Case Study – Northwest Missouri State University