Reporting to the Chief of Police, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides guidance, direction, and training to members of the Longwood University community in the prevention. protection, response and recovery activities required as a result of any type of emergency. Additionally, it is responsible for coordinating with local, state and federal partners to ensure resources are available to the university when needed.
Proper planning for emergencies is essential to minimizing the impact of an incident on the University facilities and operations. It is in the best interest of all community members to work together to strengthen our ability to respond and recover should we experience an incident. The University takes seriously the priorities in emergency planning, life safety first and the preservation of property second.
In leading emergency planning efforts, the OEM provides various activities and performs a range of tasks with the goal of fostering a culture of emergency preparedness. These include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining the Emergency Operation Plan
- Maintaining the Continuity of Operations Plan
- Providing training for all community members
- Serving as the conduit for information from outside agencies
- Ensuring the University emergency preparedness program remains compliant with legislative mandates
- Maintaining the Emergency Operations center so that it is ready whenever the need arises.
Our office is located at 506 Race Street. We welcome ideas and input from community members and enjoy working with our students, faculty, staff and administration. Please check our webpage often to stay informed of available training and preparedness activities. Additionally, we encourage everyone to sign up for our emergency notification system to provide the most update information regarding emergencies, included weather related events about the system used which result in an alteration of normal University operating hours. To sign up to receive emergency and weather alerts, go to:
Lucy Carter Smith MPA
Emergency Management Coordinator
Community Emergency Response Team
Community Emergency Response Team Augments Police Department Capabilites
One of the objectives established in the emergency preparedness program at Longwood University is to properly train and equip volunteer community members to assist campus police when needed. To ensure emergency response volunteers are appropriately trained and managed the University established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program is considered an element of the Citizens Corps Program established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Completing the CERT curriculum enables citizens to obtain the knowledge and skills to respond to disasters at school, in the community, and in their homes.
Administered by the Emergency Management Coordinator, the CERT program includes clases in terrorism, disaster psychology, first aid, basic firefighting, light search and rescue, and team organizational structure. The standardized training model consists of a combination of class lectures, classroom discussions and well as hands on applications of techniques. It is delievered by individuals who have completed the required CERT Train-the-Trainer and complimented by professionals who are experts in their field. The total contact hours requirement is 20 but may actually go beyond that if necessary. For use in training and deployment participants are provided safety equipment including gloves, goggles, masks, flashlights and dressings.
The Longwood CERT may be deployed for planned events such as drills, emergency preparedness exercises or large scale University gatherings such as graduation. A number of the staff who serves as building coordinators (those who lead groups in evacuations or other incident responses) has completed the CERT training and report that is quite informative and worthwhile.