|Don Mattei||Manager of Emergency Planning|
The primary goal of the Office of Emergency Management is to ensure the protection and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, the campus community and the interests of the University. We do this by providing information, training and leadership on how prepare for a wide variety of emergencies, through development of plans, policies, and procedures as well as by coordinating resources and activities that are necessary to respond to, prepare for, mitigate and recover from any threat or emergency that may arise.
The Office of Emergency Management administers the campuswide emergency mass notification program and systems, oversees campus evacuation planning (Clery Act), and prepares the SCU campus community for a wide variety of hazards, focusing on preparedness, recovery, mitigation, and response/support of campus emergencies, and working with campus and community stakeholders to improve readiness.
Emergency Management (EM) develops, implements, and continuously improves a comprehensive campus emergency management program. The program is based on EM, fire and occupational health and safety regulations and standards, California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Clery and Higher Education Acts, and accepted emergency management professional practices, operating under the umbrella of the campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
Emergency Management is responsible for:
- Emergency Mass Notification System Design, Policy and Procedures
- Emergency Preparedness and Staff Training
- Emergency Planning, Policy and Procedures
- Campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
- Building Lead Program and Coordination
- EOC Readiness & Training
- Special Event and Crowd Control Management Incident Action Plans
- Supporting Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
- Emergency Planning Liaison with the City and County of Santa Clara
- Violent Intruder training for Students, Staff, Faculty and Guests
Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Personal preparedness is critical to surviving an emergency with the least amount of impact to you and your family. All SCU faculty, staff and students should be personally prepared with AT LEAST a three-day emergency supply kit for each member of your family. Stock one for your home, car, office or residence hall room. Personal preparedness is critical to surviving an emergency with the least amount of impact to you and your family. All SCU faculty, staff and students should be personally prepared with AT LEAST a three-day emergency supply kit for each member of your family. Stock one for your home, car, office or residence hall room. We've arranged a 25% discount on emergency kits for all SCU community members with the following vendor.
For more information on what should be in your emergency kit, or if you'd like to building your own kit, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.
Emergency Management ensures that SCU is prepared for whatever emergency might come our way including earthquake, fire, infectious disease and other disasters.
Annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
On October 17th, 2017, Santa Clara University held the first annual Public Safety Awareness Day to coincide with the state-wide Great ShakeOut drill.
At 10:17am, Campus Safety Services sent out a Campus Alert asking students, staff, faculty and guests to voluntarily drop, cover and hold on for 2 minutes to simulate the correct reaction to an actual earthquake.
Mass communication is a critical factor is notifying our Campus Community during emergencies. Please make sure that you have registered for SCU Campus Alert to ensure you will receive these messages.
Under the Clery Act, colleges and universities use timely warnings and emergency notifications to inform the campus community of potential threats against which they can take preventive measures. These ongoing disclosure requirements, when implemented, can help to create and promote a safe campus environment.
The decision to issue a “timely warning” or an “emergency notification” will be decided on a case-by-case basis in compliance with the Clery Act and after consideration of available facts. The issuance of a timely warning may depend on the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Similarly, the issuance of an emergency notification depends upon the particular health or safety threat.
Timely Warnings may include:
- Clery Act crimes that occur within geographic area (on-campus, non-campus, public property)
- Crimes reported to a campus security authority, CSS or SCPD
- Serious or continuing threat to the campus community
- Must reach entire geographic area Warning issued as soon as pertinent information is available
Emergency notifications may include:
- Any significant emergency or dangerous situation (ex. natural disaster, environmental hazard, armed intruder)
- Crimes committed anywhere on campus
- Sent to entire campus or segments of campus
- Alert issues immediately upon confirmation
Earthquake Preparedness Resources
Stay Safe During an Earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold On!
Drop: Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees.
Cover: Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs,
Hold On. If you are under a table or desk, hold onto with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If you can’t find a table or desk: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands. If seated and unable to drop to the floor: bend forward, cover your head with your arms, and hold on to your neck with both hands.
If using a wheelchair or a walker with a seat:
Lock: Make sure your wheels are locked. Remain seated until the shaking stops.
Cover: Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.
Hold on: maintain your position with head and neck covered until shaking stops
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