Emergency Preparedness by EH&S
Since the events of 911, Environmental Health & Safety has coordinated Safety & Security Initiatives at the beginning of each Fall semester to keep awareness with departments and provide education of emergency planning for new employees and students. The events include:
Distribution of written initiatives and annual update requirements for emergency planning
Testing of Department Emergency Action Plans through unannounced fire drills
Testing of the Emergency Notification tools & updating emergency contact lists
Conducting tabletops with external regional participation and University units
With group effort led by Sr.Vice President Woods, a new Emergency Notification Policy and Committee was established at the same time a multifaceted notification tool was implemented for NMSU emergency communications. The revised Emergency Preparedness policy for New Mexico State University System approved in 2008 established an “All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan” to guide responders, administration, and the community during emergency situations. To communicate this plan, representatives from key departments involved in preparedness met with each component of NMSU to discuss their plans using local public safety resources and NMSU system resources.
Other preparedness accomplishments at the Las Cruces campus include:
Coordination of a multi-agency (regional)
tabletop exercise on animal acquired and transmitted communicable disease
with 54 participants including NMSU senior administration.
- Development of responsibilities checklists for
various types of incidents including Building Fire, Gunman, Bomb Threat,
Hazardous Materials Response.
- Worked with 21 essential function departments in
development of Continuity of Operations Plans
- Ensured regular updates for
Command/Control/Communications information: Central Administration Response
Team and Resource Personnel
- A draft Gunman protocol checklist for tabletop
exercise being led by Police Dept. was developed.
- No additional funding or position has been
allocated to EH&S in support of emergency management although requests have
been submitted to Budget Committee for past four years. EH&S commits about
0.5 FTE for emergency preparedness by shifting priority from other areas.
- Chair and support Communicable Disease
Preparedness and University Safety Committees.
- Led the development of draft policy for Human Resource Practices in a University State of Emergency, Telecommuting and Social Distancing guideline.
Goal: Obtain support for electronic Continuity of Operations Planning tool to facilitate departmental planning and consolidation of information