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Emergency Response Training and Drills

Emergency Management and the Office of Public Safety staff, along with members of the College’s Safety and Emergency Response Committee (SERC) take part in training exercises that enhance their crisis response knowledge and skills.  Examples include: FEMA Incident Command System for Higher Education, Active Shooter Response, and Workplace Violence Response and Prevention.  Our Security officers have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement at the state or local level, and/or have significant experience in emergency management and critical incident response.

  • All of the College’s full-time safety and security officers complete Incident Command System (ICS 100) training – an eight-hour course that trains responders for involvement in incidents that require multiple-agency involvement, such as fires, floods, storms, criminal acts and crime scene investigations, terrorist acts, and search and rescue missions.
  • All supervisors complete advanced-level ICS 200 training.
  • Members of the College’s Senior Cabinet and other key administrators who serve on the College’s Safety & Emergency Response Committee also complete the ICS 100 training.
  • The College has a close and collaborative relationship with the Providence Police Department. A neighborhood police sub-station is located on College property, near the entrance to the East Campus.
  • The College has created a specially equipped Emergency Operations Center for use by members of the Emergency Response Team and other emergency responders as necessary. In an emergency situation, responders have access to all campus security cameras, communication systems, computers, and other equipment necessary to effectively monitor and manage the situation.
  • Power supplies immediately adjacent to the Emergency Operations Center can accommodate the deployment of the City of Providence’s Emergency Management mobile command unit.
  • The Safety and Emergency Response Committee and the college’s First Responders, regularly train in emergency simulation exercises to evaluate the efficacy of the emergency response plan. These exercises occur on a regular basis.
  • In September 2007, the College sponsored Keeping One Another Safe: A Providence College Summit. The Summit brought together a wide range of campus professionals responsible for students’ health and safety for an in-depth presentation and discussion about policies and protocols related to mental health issues and to enhance awareness of and strengthen communication regarding this issue.
  • In June 2015, The College’s Emergency Response Committee hosted, on campus, and attended FEMA training, Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education. Colleges from around the Northeast attended the 3 day workshop, which culminated, into a final one-day simulated disaster on campus.

Active Shooter: What You Can Do

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed an Independent Study Course titled Active Shooter: What You Can Do. This course was developed to provide the public with guidance on how to prepare for and respond to active shooter crisis situations.

Upon completion of Active Shooter: What You Can Do, employees and managers will be able to:

  • Describe the actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and to assist responding law enforcement officials
  • Recognize potential workplace violence indicators
  • Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents
  • Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

Click link to start course: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

Options for Consideration Video – What you can do if an Active Shooter enters your classroom or work environment