Life Cycle Strategies for Higher Education Emergency Notification Systems

Picture this scenario: One afternoon in a quiet campus lab a crisis erupts when containers of an abrasive chemical begin leaking. The toxic fumes create an environmental hazard requiring an immediate evacuation and lockdown.

Suddenly the facility needs to be evacuated, and the campus community needs to be steered away from the location. Communication and coordination among campus police, fire and safety teams needs to be swift and effective, and local municipal agencies need to be called in for support as well.

This paper looks at the life cycle strategies for higher education emergency notification systems, and the ways that your own institution’s plans can be prioritized, planned, and executed for continuous improvement to build a system and a process to address a real crisis.