Sep 27, 2010 11:51 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Pikes Peak Community College has received a $476,355 grant from the US Department of Education. The money is earmarked for Emergency Management planning. PPCC is the only college in the state to receive a grant, and one of just 17 nationwide.
"Sending a child off to college should be a time of looking ahead, with great anticipation, to the next stage of their journey. We shouldn't have to worry whether or not they'll be safe on campus or if the university has emergency management plans in place to help do that," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "The fact is no college or university can be a great school until it is a safe school first, and these grants will support those efforts."
The grant is specifically designed for things such as reviewing and revising existing emergency management plans; conducting vulnerability assessments of campus facilities and grounds; providing training to campus staff, faculty and students; organizing tabletop exercises or large-scale drills; improving on-campus communications; collaborating with local first responders and community partners; and developing or enhancing behavioral threat assessment processes on campus.