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Updates on TU Emergency Preparedness Projects with Corporal Joe Gregory

Hi, I am Corporal Joe Gregory with the Office of Public Safety. Since July 1, 2005 I have worked in TU’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, which is located with Environmental Health and Safety in the 7400 York Road building.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness works to enhance the preparedness of the university community in responding to natural and man-made threats.  We also promote emergency preparedness through awareness and education within the community. Below, I’d like to share some of the recent achievements and upcoming projects that are making TU a better prepared community:

  • The university recently completed its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). The plan lays out the university’s strategy for maintaining essential functions and resuming normal operations in the wake of a disaster. The completion of the overall university plan, which combines and prioritizes the COOP plans of all university departments, has been underway for more than a year and involved individuals from virtually all areas of the campus community. The plan was reviewed and approved last month by the university vice presidents.
  • The university has implemented a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment process for identifying and evaluating threats that face the campus community. The process was adapted by the Office of Emergency Preparedness based on protocols at an Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment course hosted by FEMA last fall. The new process allows for increased precision in the identification of threats, increasing campus preparedness.
  • Last month, the university was certified by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady Supporter community. This certification process began last summer when the university compiled documentation demonstrating that the campus has the proper planning processes, alert systems and trained personnel to manage a severe weather incident. The documentation was submitted to NWS, and following review staff from the local Emergency Management Agency (Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management) came to campus for an onsite tour and interview to verify our information. The certification was given to TU at a conference call with the National Weather Service and the Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management, and was during a press conference last month.
  • We are in the preliminary stages of developing another full-scale exercise to test the preparedness of the university community. That exercise will take place in 2012.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an emergency preparedness presentation for your group, please contact me at 443-296-3915 or jgregory@towson.edu.

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