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In this Q&A, originally published in the 2018 Critical Mass Magazine, Chief Peter Carey discusses how Buffalo State College coordinates emergency preparedness, notification, and response throughout the entire campus community. Carey is Campus Safety Magazine’s 2017 Campus Safety Director of the Year for Higher Education.
Chief Carey dives into Buffalo State College’s reasoning for changing from a basic alerting system to a more integrated platform that allows them to send alerts to multiple endpoints such as digital signage, TV network, and desktop computers. He gives advice on drills and training for similar organizations to ensure the safety of their constituents. Carey also describes the most challenging aspects of his job, including being prepared for any emergency.
From his years of experience, there is much insight and advice to be gained from Chief Carey in the full interview available here: Expert Q&A with Chief Carey.
Similar industry expert perspectives on emergency preparation, notification, and response - can be downloaded in the latest edition of Critical Mass Magazine here: 2018 Critical Mass Magazine-Automating Emergency Notifcations.
Congratulations, once again, to Chief Carey and to Buffalo State College for being recognized for their emergency preparedness and safety leadership efforts!
No organization wants to think about the day that an emergency might happen at their facilities, especially an active shooter crisis, but it is something that each organization must prepare. Not only is mass emergency preparation a legal obligation, but most would argue that it is a moral one. You want to keep your people informed and out of harm’s way. If there’s an emergency, people expect to be notified and provided the guidance to remain safe. There are many alerts that we have grown accustomed to receiving such as weather alerts, Amber or Silver Alerts, or even local emergency alerts. So, if there’s an active shooter emergency in the vicinity, people expect to be alerted in a similar fashion.
Severe weather can happen at any time. Depending on the season and your location, weather threats can range from thunderstorms and tornadic activity to hurricanes, Nor’easters, or even a wintry mix. Having emergency communication plans and an automated method of distributing said communications in place helps ensure you and the people you are responsible for are kept safe and informed during severe weather season - no matter which season.
Of all the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act college and university communities most frequently associate it with the timely warning. As an original part of the 1990 law timely warnings have fundamentally changed how students and employees learn about campus crime in a way that is now firmly enshrined in their cultures as it is what they most frequently see.