Emergency Management Virtual Conference

Starts:  Apr 23, 2019 11:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 25, 2019 4:00 PM (ET)

Join representatives of ACUI, CSHEMA, URMIA and the Universities and Colleges Caucus of IAEM for this multi-day online event, free for URMIA members. You may register for the entire conference, or register for a single day. Click on More Information below to register.


Tuesday, April 23

11am-Institution's Reputation and How to Protect It
Senior leadership frequently identifies reputation as the most important and valuable asset for an institution. As part of an enterprise risk management framework, an institution’s reputation can either be a risk by itself or the by-product of other enterprise risks. The results of a 2017 United Educators survey, conducted by the Association of Governing Boards, will be shared, including the current state of reputational risk management, the top reputational risks, and action steps for those throughout higher education to prepare for responding to a major assault on the institution’s reputation.

1pm-Best Practices for Resolving Indoor Air Quality Problems
Indoor air quality (IAQ) problems can be difficult to resolve. This session will review some of the most common IAQ problems, including mold, and offer strategies that building owners and managers can implement in response. You will learn that science and engineering-based actions alone are frequently insufficient to ensure favorable outcomes. Such activities must be combined with timely communications and effective leadership to achieve success.

3pm-Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance: Creating a COOP
When disaster strikes are you ready to act? Do you know what resources you need to get your essential/critical operations back up and running as soon as possible? A continuity of operations plan (COOP) is an essential tool to get you to start thinking and planning now rather than having to make things up on the fly.


Wednesday, April 24

1pm-The Goldilocks Principle: Tailoring a Contract Management Review Process to be "Just Right" for Your Institution
Higher education leaders and governing boards are sharply focused on enterprise risk management initiatives designed to identify and mitigate institutional and operational risks. Liability arising from third-party contracts is a key institutional risk that can impact both the reputation and the financial standing of our institutions. Higher education professionals are uniquely positioned to mitigate the major operational risk that contributes to institutional liability from third-party contracts: the absence of a consistent and robust process to manage third-party risk from contract inception through contract termination. Learn more about the third-party risk management process, including review of key contract and insurance provisions and considering exceptions to the same. This presentation will focus on developing a workable contract management process from the perspective of risk management professionals representing a large, state institution with multiple campuses and decentralized contract management and a small, private liberal arts institution with one urban campus and a centralized contracting process.

2pm-Four Phases of Emergency Management
For decades, emergency management has focused primarily on preparedness. Often this involved preparing for enemy attack. Community preparedness for all disasters requires identifying resources and expertise in advance, and planning how these can be used in a disaster. However, preparedness is only one phase of emergency management. Current thinking defines four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. While there are entire courses on each of these phases, this presentation will provide you an overview of all four phased as well as techniques to use the information everyday activities.

3pm-Divided Campus-"Controversial" Speakers, Free Speech and the Rise of Campus Violence and Unrest
College campuses have long been called the “marketplace of ideas.” Recently, however, campuses have become a focal point for the ongoing battle over free speech. The once fertile battleground of ideas is becoming simply a battleground as supporters and protestors, many unaffiliated with campuses, take to the streets. What happens when a controversial speaker wants to speak on your campus? Public institutions must balance the rights of invited speakers on their campus with the need for safety and security. This presentation will cover the competing priorities of free speech on college campuses, the rise of the alt-right, campus propaganda strategies, youth recruitment, and the use of college campuses as flash points for violence. It also will cover a case study and lessons learned from Auburn University, including what to do and what not to do to successfully prepare for and manage safe events featuring controversial speakers.


Thursday, April 25

11am-Creating Incident Action Plans
Three representatives from Binghamton University will discuss the value of developing incident action plans (IAPs) for planned events and critical incidents. The presenters’ varied professional perspectives will provide valuable insight into the value of involving multiple disciplines when developing these types of plans. The presentation will focus on how Binghamton University’s process for the development of IAPs, including event specific hazard/vulnerability assessments, achieving support from multiple stakeholders, and plan implementation. Sample plans will be shared and discussed.

1pm-Building Resilient Organizations
We are navigating in a world which many experts refer to as a VUCA environment- volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. We have an opportunity to respond to these four distinct types of challenges by creating an organization that is ready for the future, with capacity to not only weather the storms of change, but also to thrive in such environments. To do this, we must proactively identify and manage the risks that can be anticipated, as well as invest in capabilities to cope with events that cannot be anticipated. Building on this, the Resilient SFU initiative is a future-oriented framework that contains a variety of interrelated strategies, plans and processes that build business as usual effectiveness as well as robust and agile response and recovery from crises.

3pm-What Campus Police Wish We Knew
Join representatives from two campus police departments as each discuss how student affairs professionals, emergency management professionals, and campus administrators can make the jobs of campus police easier regarding preparing for or dealing with an emergency situation on campus.