NTC selected for DHS campus resilience programAug 11th, 2013 | By tcj | Category: 25-1: Art & Symbolism, Tribal College News
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the selection of Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Campus Resilience Pilot Program (CR Pilot). NTC will join six other colleges and universities nationwide to help develop and pilot an emergency preparedness and resilience planning program, facilitated by community engagement, local stakeholders, campus leadership, and students.
“Navajo Technical College will serve as a valuable partner in our efforts to help colleges and universities prepare for, respond to, and recover from crisis and emergency situations,” said Napolitano. “Through its work with DHS, NTC will help us further develop best practices, resources and tools needed to assist campus communities nationwide in their resilience and emergency planning processes.”
The CR Pilot will bring together school officials, students, and members of the local community to discuss innovative approaches to campus resilience and emergency planning, building upon NTC’s existing efforts in this area. NTC has a strong history of campus resiliency efforts, strengthened in 2007 after the Virginia Tech shootings. In response to that national crisis, NTC developed an Emergency Management Response Team and a detailed Emergency Response Handbook that provided a comprehensive, yet simple framework for the protection of students, staff, faculty, and school facilities in case of unforeseen emergencies.
The CR Pilot is a joint initiative of and is supported by DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and Office of Academic Engagement.