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Emergency Programs Office announces schedule for upcoming workshops


Planning for emergencies is important at several levels to ensure a timely and effective response throughout the campus community in a crisis situation. An emergency is defined as any unplanned event that may cause harm to the University community, disrupt operations, cause damages or threaten the institution's facilities or status. The Emergency Programs Office is responsible for the planning and coordination of various types of emergency programs for Ohio University. The Emergency Programs staff is pleased to announce and to invite campus departments to three upcoming programs designed to encourage preparation for a significant disruption to business operations.  

ALICE (Active Shooter) Training with Ohio University Police Department
Tuesday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center 240/242
The Office of Emergency Programs has partnered with Ohio University Police for ALICE (Active Shooter) Training. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) will be taught by Officer Brandon King who will instruct staff on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. This event will be live-streamed so that all regional/extension campuses can participate. The URL for the live stream is: https://youtu.be/-BbtJZSVEJo. Because the live stream will not be interactive, questions you may have during the presentation can be emailed to wyatt@ohio.edu and will be shared on your behalf.

Best Ways to Leverage Official Communication Channels During a Crisis
Tuesday, August 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center 237

University Communications and Marketing will present “Best Ways to Leverage Official Communication Channels During a Crisis.” As a business continuity planner for your unit, you've already thought through some of the important contingencies to have in place to restore operations as quickly and as safely as possible. You may have given consideration to your worst case scenario and may have participated in a disaster drill or other training. But what about communications? What are the most effective ways to ensure the information you receive and disseminate is accurate, timely, and helpful to you and others involved in the situation? The answer is to ensure you know the official communication vehicles used by the institution and understand the best ways you can help spread the official news. This one-hour workshop will give you the tools you need to do this effectively and efficiently (in good times and in bad)! This session is limited to 20 participants!

Athens Campus Tabletop Crisis Exercise
Tuesday, December 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Baker University Center 240/242

This large-scale training will simulate an emergency situation and may include participation by our community partners. Participants will review and discuss the actions their unit would take, test their preparedness in an informal, low stress environment and use the experience as an opportunity to clarify roles and responsibilities of staff. The exercise will result in action plans needed for the unit to improve its business continuity plan.   

All of the above sessions require pre-registration (due to room capacity) by emailing wyatt@ohio.edu. If you have questions, please contact Jill Harris, emergency programs manager, at harrisj4@ohio.edu or Bev Wyatt, business continuity coordinator, at wyatt@ohio.edu. We look forward to helping your unit become better prepared for adverse situations.

This information was provided by the Office of Emergency Programs.