Colleges of the Fenway Awarded Emergency Management for Higher Education Grant
September 24, 2010
Emmanuel College, on behalf of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) consortium, was recently awarded an Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grant from the Department of Education in the amount of $512,081. The grant was one of just 17 awarded to institutions of higher education across the country.
The EMHE grant program supports college and university programs "designed to develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate campus-based all hazards emergency management planning efforts." Funding will allow for the creation and implementation of a consortium-wide emergency management plan as well as improvements to preexisting plans within each of the COF colleges.
Developing written plans for preventing violence on COF campuses, conducting training for students, faculty and staff in emergency procedures, establishing emergency protocols to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, and improving emergency notification and alert systems are some of the objectives established as part of the COF's proposal. Representatives from the consortium's six colleges met this week to begin the next steps towards implementing these goals.
"It's a definite feather in the cap of all the COF schools," said Michael Dolan, Emmanuel College's associate director of campus safety and preparedness. "We have really worked hard over the last few years to make sure we are all planning appropriately and on the same page. Our efforts have been rewarded with this grant."