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University Preparedness

  • By: Kenneth A. Lachlan
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Realizing the very real threats posed to college campuses, in recent years, institutions of higher education have begun to design and implement formal plans for dealing with disasters. These plans typically consist of two parts, which may be administered in whole or in part by different administrative entities within the university. While the nomenclature varies from institution to institution, they typically include some sort of business continuity plan, and a plan specifically designed for the protection of library holdings. Having some sort of continuity plan in place is critical in preplanning for the eventuality of a disaster, and minimizing harm both to members of the community and the institution as a whole. Furthermore, many institutions of higher education encourage individual administrative units within the university ...

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