response to emergency preparedness issues affecting universities across
the country, various SF State entities joined forces to create a comprehensive
safety resource for students, faculty and staff. The SF
State Emergency Preparedness Web site is a clearinghouse of campus-specific
and general safety information.
includes links to on- and off- campus sites that provide information about
preparing emergency kits and security checklists. These sites also include
detailed procedures to avert and respond to a range of emergencies, from
natural disasters to criminal threats. Key campus safety manuals, brochures
and placards are now available online, reinforced by an online tutorial,
which explains and tests emergency preparedness knowledge.
The new site emerged from concerns expressed by the Student Affairs Committee
(SAC) of the Academic Senate that current safety information was not easily
accessible to students, faculty and staff. Ken Fehrman, SAC chair for
the 2006-7 academic year and professor of consumer and family studies,
initiated discussion about uniting all campus emergency preparedness plans
and helped create the Emergency Preparedness Task Force.
Headed by former Associate
Vice President of Human Resources (HR) Safety & Risk Management Denise
Fox Needleman, the task force is comprised of members from University
Police, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, Public Affairs,
HR Safety & Risk Management, Housing and Residential Services and
the Academic Senate Student Affairs Committee.
"The thing with emergency preparedness is that it really comes down
to being responsible for yourself and those who are around you,"
task force member Bridget McCracken said.
Future SF State plans for emergency preparedness include: partnering with
the Red Cross and SF
Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, hiring a campus-wide emergency
coordinator, establishing emergency text message alerts and implementing
an internal building auditory alert system.
"In terms of emergency preparedness, it's never too early
to start thinking about it. When the emergency happens is the wrong time
to try to come up with a plan," University Police Chief Kirk Gaston
said. "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
-- Student Writer
Lisa Rau with Miles Orkin