Registration (8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)

The day’s program begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Morning Session (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Choose one of these three-hour classes:

  • “Behavioral Threat Assessment: Best Practices for Institutions of Higher Education”
    Gene Deisinger, Virginia Tech
    Incidents of targeted violence at campuses and workplaces often have involved persons whose prior observable behavior might have provided a warning of potential violence. Among the topics discussed during this presentation are current prevention approaches, the threat assessment process and principles, threat assessment teams, key investigative questions, and case management. This presentation is especially useful for counseling personnel, members of behavioral intervention teams, health services personnel, student affairs and residence life staff, and law enforcement and security personnel.
  • “Business Continuity Planning Development and Evaluation”
    Lt. Doug Heath, NJSP
    Emergencies and disasters that result in infrastructure damage or impact the institutional workforce can degrade or disrupt a college or university’s operations. Continuation of Operations Plans (COOP) can help in the restoration of these operations and in the recovery of the institution. This presentation will
    provide an introduction to the development of COOP plans and mechanisms for their evaluation. It is especially useful for emergency planners and other personnel with the responsibility to maintain or re-establish institutional operations that have been impacted by a disaster.
  • “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Institutions of Higher Education”
    Brendan McClusky, UMDNJ
    This presentation will provide a basic understanding of the processes used in developing multi-hazard emergency plans for institutions of higher education. Topics to be covered include hazard identification and impacts, risk assessment, creation of a planning team, the Emergency Operations Plan, and strategies for training and testing the plan. This presentation is especially useful to those personnel assigned the responsibility develop or revise your institution’s emergency management plans.
  • “Developing a Campus All-Hazard Emergency Management Program”
    Thomas Giordano, SHU
    This presentation is designed to assist college and university officials in organizing, implementing, and maintaining an effective all-hazards emergency management program. Emergency management functions and organization, planning, training programs, and exercises will be discussed. Campus emergency preparedness educational efforts will also be included. This presentation is especially useful for officials tasked with the development, implementation, or oversight of their institution’s emergency management program.
  • “Preparedness and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks at Colleges and Universities”
    Dr. Peter Wenger, UMDNJ
    Suzanne Blake, James Lee Witt Associates
    Institutions of higher education can be affected by the spread of infectious diseases. This presentation will cover public health preparedness, emerging infectious diseases, and the response to such outbreaks at colleges and universities. This presentation is especially useful for college and university health services, student affairs, and residence life personnel.

Working Lunch (12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)

  • “Use of Electronic Media for Emergency Preparedness Education”
    Michael Soupios, SHU
    One of the critical components of a college or university emergency management program is educating the campus community in emergency preparedness and response. Members of the community must be aware of potential hazards and sources of emergency information, prepared with a working knowledge of established emergency procedures, and encouraged to take action when a hazard occurs. This presentation will demonstrate ways in which electronic media can be used for emergency preparedness education in a campus community.

Afternoon Session (2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
Choose one of these breakout sessions:

  • “Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)”
    Robert Brownlee, NJDHSS
    Drills and exercises are important components of every emergency management program. Plans and capabilities are tested and improved through the use of drills and exercises. This presentation will introduce the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), a system that builds self-sustaining exercise programs and provides a standardized methodology for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises. This program is especially useful to officials assigned the responsibility to develop and conduct emergency exercises on your campus.
  • “Emergency Public Information”
    Neal Buccino, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
    Providing information to the campus community, the media, and other stakeholders of your institution during an emergency or disaster is a critical emergency management function. It helps the affected population make informed choices regarding protective actions, provides family members and other concerned persons with the best available information, and assists the media to portray an accurate picture of the emergency and response efforts to the wider community. This presentation will provide guidance in developing an effective emergency public information capability is especially useful for public and media relations personnel at your institution.
  • “Campus Evacuation Planning and Execution”
    Michael Augustyniak, NJOEM
    A hazardous condition may require the evacuation of individual campus facilities, portions of campuses, or in rare cases, entire institutions to reduce the exposure of the campus population to the hazard. This presentation will examine situations that could require evacuations, the scope of these evacuations, evacuation plans and procedures, and the execution of evacuations. Campus evacuations as part of area wide evacuation involving surrounding communities will also be discussed.
  • “Cyber Preparedness for Colleges and Universities”
    Caroline Barnes, FBI
    Computer systems are indispensable to the effective operation of colleges and universities. The loss or degradation of these systems through cyber attacks must be addressed through prevention and mitigation measures. This presentation will address cyber threats to higher educational institutions, potential impacts, and measures to prepare for, and respond to, cyber threats.
  • “Campus Fire Safety”
    Chief Jeff Markey, SOFD
    Fire is an ever present hazard at every college and university. This presentation, given from the perspective of a municipal fire chief who has commanded the firefighting response to campus fires, will cover the essential elements of a campus fire safety program. The speaker will also cover lessons learned and the fire hazards present both in institutional facilities and in off campus private student housing. This presentation would be especially useful for campus fire safety officials, housing and residence life staff, and emergency responders.

Keynote Speaker (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

John Farmer, Rutgers Law School