The Kirkwood Emergency Response Plan includes information about emergencies, emergency response teams, Kirkwood’s operating parameters; incident priorities and performance expectations; shelter-in-place and evacuation guidelines; and local contingency and continuity planning requirements.
Reason for Policy
Kirkwood Community College is committed to providing its students, faculty, staff, partners and visitors a safe and healthy environment. This is a proactive collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the well-being and safety of the campus community.
Campus Security and Facilities are responsible for overseeing the emergency response plans and operations. Departments are responsible for coordinating contingency plans and continuity of operations plans for their staff and areas of responsibility. Kirkwood conducts emergency response exercises each year, such as table top exercises, field exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the college.
Campus Security Officers and Facilities supervisors receive training in incident command and how to respond to critical incidents on campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the Campus Officers, Facilities staff, and local emergency response agencies. They respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident other Kirkwood departments and other local or federal agencies may also be involved as needed.
General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for Kirkwood are publicized each year as part of the college Clery Act compliance efforts. This information is available on the Kirkwood web site, www.kirkwood.edu/security
, along with information about Kirkwood’s Emergency Response Plan.
Members of the Kirkwood Community are notified annually they are required to notify Kirkwood Campus Security of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that could have an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. Campus Security has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, Campus Security has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, federal law requires Kirkwood notify the campus community or appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.
Timely Warning/Immediate Threat
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of Campus Security, Director Emergency Services, Associate Vice-President Facilities, other administrative officials, or if advised by law enforcement, constitutes an ongoing, immediate, or continuing threat to some or all members of the campus community, the threat will be communicated to the campus community or the appropriate segment of the community. The warning will be issued to the campus community through a variety of sources, including but not limited to, the emergency notification system (text, email, desktop), e-mail, Kirkwood website, and signage at prominent locations on campus. The notification will be issued unless in the judgment of the first responders, will compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
Anyone with information possibly warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Campus Security office, by phone (319-389-1774).
Members of the community who are interested in receiving information about emergencies on campus should sign up for the emergency notification system at www.kirkwood.edu/alert and should use the Kirkwood website for obtaining updates in the event of an emergency on campus.