Delegates from Green River College traveled to the National Convention Center in Leesburg, Virginia last week for Campus Resilience Capacity Building training through CaRES and the Department of Homeland Security. The training provided an opportunity for Green River staff members to learn about how to implement CaRES training at our campuses, and provided tools for evaluation of existing campus resiliency measures.
Resiliency efforts would allow the Green River community to create plans—or playbooks—for each area of campus. These playbooks will help with recovery efforts, in the event of a natural disaster or other unforeseen occurrence. They will provide resources and step-by-step guidance to restoring operations to the key functions on campus.
Representatives from Green River College, Drexel University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Navajo Technical University, Texas A&M, Tougaloo College, University of Maryland, and University of San Francisco were in attendance at the CaRES conference. Green River is the only community college to be chosen to participate in this opportunity.
More details about the program:
“The Campus Resilience Program was created upon recommendation from the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, a federal advisory committee comprised of college and university presidents, academic leaders, and interagency partners charged with advising the Secretary of Homeland Security and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community. The Council is managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement.
The program is a DHS collaborative initiative that involves the Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Department of State. Within DHS, the program is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and the Office of Academic Engagement.”