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THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE EMERGENCY OPERATING PLAN
SUMMARY FOR OUR COMMUNITY
The Richard Stockton College (RSC) Emergency Operating Plan (EOP) is an “all-hazards” approach to planning for any type of emergency or incident, including natural, man-made or terrorist event. It includes plans for responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear explosive (CBRNE) incidents. Listed below are the various annexes, each designed to be a stand-alone document available to the respective representative assigned the responsibility of that annex:
A. Alert, Warning and Communications
B. Damage Assessment
C. Emergency Medical
D. Emergency Operations Center
E. Emergency Public Information
G. Fire and Rescue
H. Hazardous Materials
I. Law Enforcement
J. Public Health
K Public Works
L. Radiological Protection
M. Resource Management
N. Shelter, Reception and Care
O. Social Services
P. Infectious Disease (Pending)
The President of the RSC is responsible for declaring an emergency on campus and will do so based upon information received from the Emergency Management Coordinator for the campus who is the Chief of Police. An Organizational Chart reflects the overall responsibilities of each member on the emergency operations team and the Functional Tasks and Responsibilities Chart will provide specific information on who is assigned to what task(s). The plan requires the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) and remains flexible enough to expand and contract as determined by the scope of the incident. Through the use of the ICS, incident commanders may change during the course of an event over several different disciplines. An example of this change in command might be a suspicious fire with injuries. The initial command will rest with the responding police, who will turn over command to the fire department upon their arrival. The fire department may then turn over command to EMS when fire suppression is under control to care for the injured. The command may change again and be taken over by the agency charged with investigating the fire when the fire is completely suppressed and injured removed to hospitals. During this same incident, command may be relinquished to the Evacuation or Shelter Group, again depending on the incident. Therein lays the flexibility of the plan and the all-hazards approach to disaster planning.
Our plan has been modeled after the State of New Jersey Emergency Operations Plan, which is in conformance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regulation. This is the model used by every Emergency Management Office in New Jersey. We are continuing to work with our local, county and state partners in our efforts to identify areas where we can make improvements in our plans.
Our EOP is tested several times annually through the use of organized “tabletop” scenarios where all involved parties are brought to a simulated command post and given a scenario that would require response from their area. We also periodically organize, “full scale” exercises which require active participants in a simulated incident. Non-college assets, including police, fire, EMS, Red Cross, and the various Offices of Emergency Management (OEM) that include Galloway Township, Atlantic County, the State of New Jersey through the State Police, attend our drills and exercises. In addition, federal agencies such as FEMA, the FBI and the US Secret Service attend these drills, and are included in the scenario when applicable. Mutual aid agreements are in place to address responses from these various areas. Over the past year we had an EOP briefing, a table top exercise and a full scale hostage/barricaded subject exercise, which included the Atlantic County Emergency Response Team (ACERT) and officers from over twenty (20) local police departments. Our most recent exercise was a full scale drill simulating the evacuation of approximately 10,000 students from grades K through 12 from southern Ocean County due to an emergency at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant to our campus.
In 2006, we implemented many sections and components of our EOP for major incidents that occurred on campus. The first event was a flooded dormitory caused by a broken fire suppression sprinkler head, which resulted in the evacuation and relocation of an entire floor of residential students. The second event was the dorm fire in P Dorm, which resulted in the evacuation and relocation of residential students from an entire building. Thankfully, we did not have any injuries in either incident, but both of these events were proof that regular testing and exercising of our EOP is the most effective method of ensuring the college is as prepared as possible to respond to major incidents and emergencies. It should be noted that on almost a daily basis, the police, fire and EMS use several sections and components of the plan in the course of their daily duties.
The plan is a work in progress and with each exercise, we have identified areas where we need to improve our performance and preparations. Last year, several exercises identified the need for additional personnel trained in emergency response on campus. Based on that need, we have developed, trained and certified three (3) Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), through the NJ State Office of Emergency Management and the college’s Health and Safety Officer. These teams now comprise over fifty (50) staff, faculty and students who could assist us during a major event. Another exercise that we held identified the need for a location to house and feed a large number of our residential students during an unexpected and extended power outage, which caused the evacuation of one or more of our housing complexes.
Although the plan is not available for public dissemination due to security reasons, any member of the public may contact us for further information.
We are currently working on developing an “Emergency Procedures Guide
” for our faculty, staff and students that will address the most common emergencies they may encounter while on campus. The guide will be available to all members of the community and will be posted on the police department’s web site when it is completed.
We are also looking to enhance our on campus communications capability for emergency purposes. We are updating our Phoenix Systems in our classrooms to allow for emergency contact with classes when is session. We are also looking at purchasing an emergency mass notification system for our community and are exploring several vendors to ascertain which products will best serve our community. We have also begun to explore the possibility of public address systems for our campus and are inquiring about several different solutions that would work within the framework of our campus infrastructure. Currently, we use mass emails, home page updates, mass phone notification through campus telephones, electronic sign boards, gallery televisions, and local media, as well as other communication systems for our campus in the event of an emergency. We are looking to expand our communication capacity in order to keep our community completely informed of major events.
We thank our community for working with us as we continue to prepare for any emergency that may occur on campus. We can not do it alone and need your assistance. Please consider volunteering for our CERT Program by contacting our Health and Safety Officer at X4751 or our Neighborhood Watch Program by contacting the police department at X4390. Your volunteering is an excellent way to show your care and support for our community.
Glenn M. Miller
Chief of Police
Richard Stockton College Police Department
PO Box 195, Pomona, N.J. 08240
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