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Safety is one of the main concerns of the modern college campus – with alarming statistics on petty crime, excessive drinking, and sexual assault coming from almost every campus in the United States, it’s important to ensure that your students are safe and secure while pursuing their higher education. With that in mind, here are some key strategies for building your campus’s safety and security program.

Make a Competent Core Crisis Management Team

Your safety and security plan is only as good as the team who’s in charge of implementing it. Ensure that your safety team encompasses all parts of the campus, so that there’s someone who knows what’s happening at every level of the campus during an emergency.

Your team should include your campus security experts, deputy and executive assistant to the institution’s president, the director of media relations, the VP for student affairs, and any other relevant individuals from all parts of campus life.

This team will be responsible for developing and implementing your safety plans, so it’s imperative that they are provided with all of the relevant information to make their plans as effective as possible. Be sure to alert your team when you implement new systems, what events are going on, and about any student concerns.

Ensure That Your Communications Are Adequate

Communication during a crisis can be critical to the safety of your students – being able to rapidly disseminate an alert can ensure that your escape plans are followed, greatly increasing the chances of the majority of your students surviving.

Creating a multifaceted alert system for the campus can make sure that as many students as possible are warned of the danger. These systems can include communication systems such as text messages, email, social media alerts, sirens and alarms, and even popups on campus computers. The idea is to ensure that no matter where they are or what they’re doing, students will be alerted to a threat or disaster and be able to react accordingly.