Training and Campus Drills
Lamar State College Orange is committed to ensuring our students, faculty, and staff are prepared for an emergency situation that may arise on our campus. Faculty and staff will be trained annually to understand the function and elements of this plan, including types of potential emergencies, reporting procedures, evacuation plans, and the responsibility of their individual department unit plan. Training will address the following:
- Introduction to EMBCP
- Individual roles and responsibilities
- Threats, hazards, and protective actions
- Notification, warning, and communication procedures
- Locations of all emergency exits
- Locations of fire alarm pull station and the fire extinguisher locations
- Emergency response procedures
- Evacuation, shelter, and accountability procedures
Training will be conducted by the Emergency Management Team, outside professional individuals, department supervisors, or other local emergency service entities.
Campus drills should promote preparedness, improve the response capability of individuals, validate plans, policies, procedures and systems, and verify the effectiveness of command, control, and communication functions. Drills will vary in size and complexity to achieve different operational objectives. The following types of drills can be used:
- Tabletop Drills simulate an activation of the EMBCP in an informal, stress-free environment. They are designed to promote constructive discussion as participants examine and resolve potential problems based on the plan. The drill success depends on the group identifying potential problem areas, and offering constructive resolution alternatives. This format exposes personnel to new or unfamiliar concepts, plans, policies, and procedures.
- Functional Drills are interactive drills performed in real time that test the capability of the agency to respond to simulated continuity activation. One or more functions are tested and the focus is usually placed on procedures, roles, and responsibilities before, during or after an event.
- Full-Scale Drills simulate continuity activation through field exercises designed to evaluate the executive of the plan in a highly stressful environment. This realism is accomplished through mobilization of agency personnel, equipment, and resources.
Drills are conducted to validate elements of the EMBCP, both individually and collectively. LSCO is committed to ensuring that realistic exercises are conducted, during which individuals and business units perform the tasks that are expected of them in a real event. Drills should be conducted on an annual basis.
Each drill activity, as well as actual events, will be evaluated and an After Drill Report and Improvement Plan should be completed. The evaluation will identify strengths and weaknesses and suggest areas for improvement that will enhance LSCO’s preparedness. The information will be collected and prepared by the EMBCP Coordinator, and reviewed and approved by the Emergency Response Team. Once approved, the EMBCP Coordinator will incorporate applicable lessons learned into the EMBCP.