Planning efforts at Lewis & Clark College are aimed at reducing the impact of an emergency on the institution by decreasing the threat or impact of potential hazards. Planning is a crucial step toward increasing the resilience of the College, and can be categorized into two complementary processes: mitigation and preparedness.
Mitigation is the process of identifying hazards, assessing the institution’s vulnerability to and potential harm from those hazards, analyzing the consequences of an emergency, and taking all reasonable measures to prevent and protect against harm. Mitigation activities include prevention, protection, and education.
- Prevention encompasses those activities the College undertakes to keep an emergency from occurring. These efforts focus on issues like law enforcement, campus security, code and rule compliance, and other topics or activities generally linked with human behavior.
- Protection measures help safeguard the institution from hazards, particularly human-caused hazards. These activities include access control, identity verification, cybersecurity, interdiction and disruption, risk management, screening, and threat detection. Most of these activities are typically associated with law enforcement and campus security entities. Student Life, Campus Safety, Information Technology, Risk Management, Facilities Services, and the Welfare Intervention Network (WIN) are all primary stakeholders in protection efforts at Lewis & Clark.
- Education for community members about the natural and human-caused risks associated with the Pacific Northwest, college campuses, and large metropolitan areas. These include training seminars, CERT/NET training, disaster care, individual and family preparedness, and informational materials.
Preparedness initiatives focus on increasing resilience by helping the College and surrounding community members get more prepared for potential emergencies.
- Plan and policy creation, implementation, and maintenance. These include the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Continuity of Operations, Family Reunification, and Cost Recovery plans and policies.
- Awareness and training for students, faculty, and staff in emergency planning, response, and restoration initiatives.
- Drills, simulations, and exercises include community-sponsored events like the Great Oregon Shakeout, Cascadia Rising, and CERT Olympics, along with drills and exercises designed specifically for the Lewis & Clark campuses.