Emergency operations, evacuation plan

“The Concordia Emergency Operations Plan utilizes the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System template to manage all college emergencies. The design of this plan is intended to be easily understood and incorporated by every member of the campus community. A copy of the plan is available at the Campus Public Safety Office or at the following website: http://www.cord.edu/emergencyplan

The Emergency Operations Plan is tested on an annual basis. Notification of this test and a copy of the plan are distributed to the campus community electronically. A review and assessment is conducted after each test. Copies of this assessment are available for viewing at the Campus Public Safety Department. Tests of the emergency operations plan, the emergency notification system, evacuation plans, and fire drills may be announced or unannounced.

In cooperation with the Campus Department of Public Safety, the Campus Risk Management Department conducts evacuation drills in academic and administrative buildings on a routine basis. Designated evacuation coordinators in each building assist with the evacuation drill. Documentation of evacuation drills is available at the Campus Public Safety Department.

Residence Hall fire drills are conducted two times per year in each residence hall. Each fire drill conducted is documented. This documentation is available for viewing at the Campus Public Safety Department.”

Campus communication in the event of an emergency

“The college will make every effort to notify the campus community of emergency situations. Depending on the origin and nature of the campus-wide emergency, the campus community will be alerted by one or more of the following methods immediately upon confirmation of an emergency:

e2Campus: This system will send text messages to cell phones and to email addresses. Students can sign up two cell phones and two email addresses for this service. Students may share this service with family members.

E-mail: Any correspondence from emergency@concordia.edu should be opened immediately. This address is reserved exclusively for emergency information.

Web site: In the event of an ongoing campus emergency, regular updates will be provided on the following web site: www.concordiaemergency.com. This will help ensure access to online emergency information, even if the College server is not operational.

Video displays: There are video displays in various locations in the Knutson Campus Center. Manually: Officers may be dispatched to different buildings to notify occupants of an emergency.

Some or all of the systems may be used depending on the emergency.

Updated information will be posted to www.concordiaemergency.com

Once an emergency has been reported to the college, the Director of Public Safety, or his/her designee, in consultation with other members of the emergency response team and/or the Moorhead Police Department, will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of the responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Once authorization has been granted, the emergency notification system may be administered by: The Director of Public Safety

The Director of Risk Management

The Director of Online Communications

The Systems Administrator for Infrastructure Services

The Office of Communications and Marketing will notify the media and community at large.

The emergency notification system will be tested twice per year. Documentation of these tests may be viewed at the Campus Public Safety Department.”

Policies concerning campus public safety, law enforcement

“Campus Public Safety staff are employees of the college; they are not certified or sworn peace officers. Campus Public Safety staff are authorized, when necessary, to make a citizen’s arrest. Typically, such arrests are made only in the presence of a sworn peace officer.

Campus Public Safety works closely with the Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and the State and Federal law enforcement agencies to track and respond to campus criminal activity. Currently, a mutual aid agreement does not exist with local law enforcement.

All criminal activity on campus should be reported immediately to Campus Public Safety (218-299-3123) and/or the Moorhead Police Department (9-911). The Moorhead Police Department is the primary investigative agency for reported criminal activity.

The college will assist in completing criminal reports.

The college will accept the third party reports in certain cases, like reportable sex offenses. The college prefers to receive reports from the victim because the detail from the victim is often more accurate.

Preserve all physical evidence. Do not wash off or destroy evidence that may be critical.

The victim of an incident of a sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking will be informed of legal resources regarding orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining orders and similar lawful orders issued by criminal, civil or tribal courts as well as the internal availability of no contact orders and process to obtain such. The College will honor lawful orders of protection, etc. issued by criminal, civil and tribal courts in addition to those no contact orders issued by the College.”

This article was submitted by Concordia College Campus Public Safety.

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