(Excerpted from the full Emergency Management Plan)
Hampden-Sydney College has a long history of being a safe, secure, and peaceful campus. Unfortunately, emergency incidents and tragedies have taken place at colleges and universities across the nation in the recent past. The College is not immune from experiencing emergency incidents. There is always the possibility of an emergency from either natural or human-borne causes. Ensuring the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a primary goal of College administrators and the Department of Police. Potential harm from emergency incidents can be substantially reduced or eliminated through comprehensive pre-emergency planning and mitigation actions.
The emergency management program relies on a collaborative and team-based approach from various offices and departments across the College. The primary purpose is to provide leadership and assistance for building and sustaining a college-wide emergency management process. Our emergency management approach is to continuously prepare, implement, evaluate, and revise emergency programs, policies, and procedures. The College achieves preparedness through proactive cooperation, communication, and collaboration.
Hampden-Sydney College police officers are trained to respond to emergency incidents on campus by using the principles and procedures of the Incident Command System (ICS). The ICS is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that allows for a coordinated and integrated response to an emergency incident. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, first responders to the scene are usually the H-SC Police Department, local fire departments, and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS). They respond, assess the situation, and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other H-SC personnel and other local, state, and federal agencies might be involved in responding to the incident. If the emergency incident warrants additional resources and/or requires decisions to be made for the welfare of the campus community, the H-SC Incident Management Team will be contacted and will meet.
The purpose of the Incident Management Team (IMT) is to provide a coordinated approach to preparing for, responding to, and managing an emergency incident at the College. The IMT is comprised of key College administrators who are responsible for preparing for, responding to, and managing campus emergency incidents. IMT members are
|Dr. V. Dale Jones
Vice President for Strategy, Administration, and Board Affairs
|Chief Jeffrey S. Brown
Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police
|Dr. David A. Klein
Dean of Students
|Mr. W. Todd Pugh
Senior Systems and Network Administrator
|Mr. Thomas H. Shomo
Director of Communications
|Ms. Barbara S. Armentrout
Director of Human Resources
Hampden-Sydney College relies on an approach which integrates emergency management, police, information technology, and communications principles and practices to notify the campus community of emergencies. In the event of a campus-wide emergency, the College uses its comprehensive communication system known as the “Emergency Notification System (ENS)” to notify the campus community.
The system is only used for emergency communications. In the event of an emergency, the ENS will send critical information, news, and instructions as follows.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, the following steps may be implemented if deemed appropriate.
Please note: Hampden-Sydney College has open access and is geographically integrated in the surrounding community. Under any circumstances, it will be difficult—and perhaps impossible—to completely control access to and from the College by on-campus or off-campus persons.