National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment

Publication Date: 2016
Abstract: This report presents the results of a needs assessment of emergency management programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States. The findings are based on information collected from a survey of emergency management practitioners at IHEs, targeted interviews, case studies, discussions at a summit of representatives from Oregon IHEs, and input from a project advisory committee. This report focuses on the spectrum of hazards and events that cause emergencies at IHEs: natural hazards (i.e. earthquakes, floods, severe weather events), biological hazards (infectious diseases), human-caused events (i.e., active shooter, fires, chemical spills), technology-caused events (cyber attacks), and others. It considers how campus emergency management programs plan for, respond to, and recover from events. A research team from the University of Oregon Community Service Center (CSC) conducted the research, analyzed the results, and provided key findings as part of the study. The CSC research team identified five key themes related to emergency management program needs: institutional engagement, training and exercises, plans and operational continuity, staffing and resources, and partnerships and assistance. The findings are organized around these five themes, with each theme including supporting data and analysis.