What is Baylor doing to prepare?Baylor University is committed to maintaining a safe campus where education, research, and community engagement can take place. In keeping with this commitment, Baylor University Emergency Management / Police Department works closely with other safety-related groups on campus to plan for emergencies, train and educate the community, and ensure the appropriate warning systems are in place. A number of other safety related groups also work diligently to mitigate risks to the campus community.
Baylor University routinely develops and revises emergency plans that describe the response to and management of events that pose a real or potential threat to the life, safety, and security of the campus community.
Plans, such as the Emergency Management Plan, describe how Baylor University administrators, Baylor University PD, and other response agencies will work together to manage emergencies that occur on the Baylor University campus. Emergency protocols and evacuation and shelter-in-place maps have been developed in order for students, faculty, and staff to know and understand what actions they should take during emergencies.
Training & Education
A variety of training and educational programs are offered to help prepare the Baylor University community for emergency situations.
Baylor University personnel with a role in emergency response complete training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to prepare them for management responsibilities during an emergency.
Additionally, Environmental Health & Safety and the Baylor University Police Department, utilize outreach programs to train and educate all members of the campus community, providing them with the knowledge needed to respond appropriately to various types of hazards.
Additionally, exercises of various types are conducted throughout the year to assess and evaluate emergency plans and capabilities. The following types of exercises are used at Baylor University:
- Drill - A low-stress exercise that is limited in scope and usually intended to test a skill or capability (e.g., fire drill, tornado drill, etc.)
Tabletop - A low-stress, discussion-based exercise involving key management personnel that focuses on group problem-solving
Functional - A moderately stressful exercise involving key management personnel that tests one or more emergency functions
Full-scale- A high-stress exercise involving key management personnel as well as first responders that tests multiple emergency functions
Alerts & Warnings
There are a number of notification systems to help you find out if an emergency has occurred or may occur in the near future. If a situation presents an immediate threat to lives, safety, or security of the campus community, a Baylor Alert will be sent to the campus community through a number of different methods including text messages, email, voice messages, and the indoor/outdoor notification systems.
Baylor University utilizes a number of groups, teams, and committees to support campus safety efforts. A overview off these groups is described below.
- Emergency Planning & Preparedness Work Group is charged with reviewing and evaluating emergency planning documents, such as the Baylor University Emergency Management Plan. The committee helps shape emergency planning efforts by providing feedback on initiatives undertaken by emergency management and recommending emergency plans to the Administration for formal adoption.
Students of Concern Work Group serves as consultants to various campus constituents who may have concerns about students on the campus of Baylor University based upon their interactions with these individuals.