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Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference



For the past two years, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has hosted the Best Practices in Higher Ed Emergency Management Conference. The conference has accommodated over 200 attendees and over 50 presentations. Attendees from across the country, and Canada, join together every March to share best practices that generate innovative solutions which can be directly applied to the campus emergency management function. Attendance is encouraged for emergency management practitioners but also staff from various campus departments such as campus safety and security, risk management, non-emergency management staff, local response agencies, state/federal partners, nonprofit and volunteer agencies, and independent companies that work with higher ed. Even hospitals, hotels, and other employees who work in campus-like settings are encouraged to attend.

The conference will be hosted at the U of L on March 17-19, 2015. Join us next spring in Louisville!



Each year we share the best practice presentations with the public  This is the main focus of the conference: sharing of best practices. Please enjoy these presentations. For questions, please contact Shelbey Hollingsworth at or 423-425-5794. 

2nd Annual Best Practices in Higher Ed Emergency Management Conference (March 11-13, 2014)

Presenter Organization Topics Categories
KEYNOTE US Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students ***
Alisha Jade Childress University of Maryland Prepare Your Shell: Student Engagement Activities Student Engagement
Anthony McKenna Blackboard Connect Armed Suspect on Campus Playbook Response
Brenda Van Gelder Virginia Tech Best practice collaborations of EM and IT professionals Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 IT
Christa Lopez The University of Texas at Austin From Crisis to Commencement Student Engagement
Dave Bujak Florida State University (Mostly Free) Resources to Aid in Making Decisions in Severe Weather Events Response
Dave Hubeny Binghamton University Incident Action Plans: simple plans to improve your preparedness efforts Planning Tools
David Oliver Western Kentucky University Establishing Sustainable Practices for Campus Emergency Management EM Foundations
Deon Pfenning University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder Response to Flash Flooding Sept. 2013 Response
Emily Fish American Red Cross Red Cross Ready Rating Program for Higher Education Assessments
Greg Padgett FEMA FEMA America's PreparAthon Preparedness
Gretchen Richards, Stacey Mann Jacksonville State University Collaborating with Community Partners on Instructional Videos Student Engagement
James Westbrook Kennesaw State University Threat and Vulnerability Assessment: A Holistic Approach for the Collegiate Setting Assessments
John Newton University of Georgia Evacuation Planning for the Disabled Planning Tools
Joshua Manfredo University of Rhode Island Building Blocks of Emergency Management in HiEd (a beginner's guide) EM Foundations
Shad Ahmed University of Connecticut Leveraging the Fusion Center model for all-hazards threat assessments at IHEs Assessments
Steve Harris #1 University of Georgia Planning and Conducting Realistic Active Shooter Training and Exercises Planning Tools
Steve Harris #2 University of Georgia Plan, Prepare, React - Active Shooter Response Options for Institutes of Higher Education Response
Suzanne Blake Witt O'Briens Navigating "The Guide" - The Higher Education World's New Guidance for Writing EOPs and Gap Analysis Tool Planning Tools
Troy Harris Westmont College Standards on Steroids EM Foundations
Ty Davisson EMAP Accreditation Program EMAP for Higher Education EM Foundation
Veronica Camarillo-Morris University of Houston IT-based Operational Awareness for Emergency Management in Higher Education Institutions IT
Will Moorhead All Clear Emergency Management Group A Case Study of Emergency Management Legal Issues Facing Campuses EM Foundations


1st Annual Best Practices Conference Presentations (March 12-14, 2013)

            Module I Form (Meeting Regularly)

            Module II Form (Assigning R&R)

            Progress Survey Form

            Course Evaluation Form

            SC Building Procedures

              *email for supplemental materials