Higher education institutions are currently facing unique circumstances due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many questions have been swirling around how to ensure compliance with the Clery Act. The United States Department of Education has now released updated guidance in accordance with the lawful declaration of the national emergency.
Times like these can leave you speechless. As much as you plan for emergency situations, there is still an element of surprise when something happens that you've never experienced before in your lifetime. Pandemic communications templates will enable you to plan for continued emergency notifications during and after the coronavirus crisis, as well as help you to strategically prepare for future events. Emergency preparedness ensures quick and reliable execution when the time comes.
The government and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working to communicate the measures we should take to contain the coronavirus, but schools and organizations must also take these steps. The pandemic will be a test of your emergency communications processes and systems. Are you up for the challenge?
When implementing your critical communication platform, the importance of carefully considering your use cases cannot be understated. Not all alerts are of equal value to all people. Consult stakeholders, existing response plans, and other areas of the organization. Document the critical event and what the response should be.
Oftentimes when we think of the holidays, we think of the time off from work, school, and our other responsibilities. It’s a time that fills our hearts with joy to be around our friends and family. These times can; however, have the potential to increase the risks of emergency situations due to the stress and emotions of the holiday season.
The Fall Semester is underway and the buzz of back-to-school around campus has calmed down a little bit. Students and staff are more comfortable and familiar with their schedules and the campus layout. You and your Crisis Communications Team have reviewed your emergency communication plan - as well as held tests and exercises with the entire campus - and feel confident about your emergency plan. However, practicing and revisiting your emergency plan in alignment with your emergency notification system gives you the opportunity to see what tweaks or revisions you should make to your plans.