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"APPA Participates in Innovative Effort to Enhance Campus Safety and Security"
Author: Thaler-Carter, Ruth E.,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: January/February 2009

College and university campuses may be safer environments than the "real world" around them, but recent years have made it clear that they are not immune to frightening and dangerous events, either natural or manmade. Today's campuses and their facilities professionals have to be prepared to respond to crises caused by both nature (think of hurricanes Katrina and Eric, and the floods in Iowa) and people (such as the shooting incidents at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, and several other schools). Rather than being reactive or relying on traditional risk management and crisis-planning models, APPA and eight other higher education associations are working together to create an innovative, proactive approach to this important concern--and facilities professionals are essential to the process.

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