With the rising occurrence of human caused, natural, and technological crises, Investigating the Design and Implementation of Operational Safety Plans for Crisis at Higher Education Institutions offers guiding principles, implementation factors, and best practices for creating more effective operational safety plans at higher education institutions. In many cases, limited resources prior to a crisis may lead to inadequate planning that hampers implementation. Additionally, operational safety plans typically are created or revised in a reactive manner after the fact. As the result of an exhaustive literature review, the author determined that, unlike other fields, effective best practices for operational safety planning are either unknown to the institutions that need them most or institutional factors and financial constraints prevent them from implementing them in full.
Antonio Passaro, Jr. is department chair and professor of criminal justice at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Campus, Norfolk Virginia.
Chapter One: Higher Education Institutions as Organizations
Chapter Two: Emergency Management Planning
Chapter Three: Selected Institutions
Chapter Four: Idaho State University
Chapter Five: Old Dominion University
Chapter Six: Tidewater Community College
Chapter Seven: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Chapter Eight: NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC)
Chapter Nine: Guiding Principles for Operational Safety Plans
Chapter Ten: Implementation Factors for Operational Safety Plans
Chapter Eleven: Best Practices for Operational Safety Plans
Chapter Twelve: Investigative Outcomes
Chapter Thirteen: Implications for Design and Implementation
Appendix A: Operational Safety Plan Analysis Protocol
Appendix B: Methodology
Appendix C: Informed Consent Form
Appendix D: Informed and Voluntary Consent Form
About the Author
This work is an amazing asset for college and university emergency management teams, and anyone concerned with institutional safety. The book expands on best practices in the development and maintenance of operational safety plans that not only meet the various compliance standards; it provides a working blueprint for higher education institutions to improve their potential to keep students, faculty, staff, and visitors safe in the face of all forms of emergencies.