College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Campus Security Watch AN E YE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING The University of New Haven Responds to Hurricane Sandy NOW ON WEBCPM.COM { KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE } BY JEFF SE S SINE AND BR ENT RUDELL HURRICANE SANDY HIT THE UNITED STATES ON OCTOBER 29, causing devastation throughout the northeast and affecting approximately 24 states. Before landfall in Connecticut, the University of New Haven's (UNH) Emergency Management Team kicked into action, canceling Monday and Tuesday classes to encourage the campus community to seek safer ground. The plan worked, as fewer than 500 of the customary 2,600 student residents remained on campus by the morning of the 29th. As a result, the University was equipped to house all of the remaining students in the two campus facilities with a built-in back-up generator: Beckerman Recreation Center and Soundview Residence Hall. Cots were immediately ordered, while Sodexo — the University's campus dining supplier — obtained and loaded a refrigerated truck with enough food to sustain students for PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF RYDER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS RECREATION, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN several days. The UniverSHELTER IN PLACE. In a post-Sandy letter posted to its website, the University of sity then facilitated the New Haven thanked its students for contributing in a significant way to helping students' relocation into the the University keep the campus community safe and expressed pride in how makeshift shelters, timing everyone on campus conducted themselves in support of emergency efforts. the action before the storm and during the daytime to ensure the safest possible transition. "The support staff that took on the responsibility of preparing for, moving, and housing nearly 500 students in Beckerman and Soundview was nothing short of spectacular," says Mike Schneider, UNH's director of Campus Recreation and a member of the Emergency Management Team. At Beckerman, for example, 281 students and 15 staff/police/security personnel spent the night in the facility. To help keep students fed, entertained, and at ease, Campus Recreation worked closely with Residential Life and Campus Police to hand out the food from Sodexo's truck, while also playing a movie and making the track and other indoor activity areas fully accessible before turning the lights off at 11:00 P.M. In preparing for one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, UNH rose to the occasion at every turn. Using forward thinking and a campus-wide spirit of cooperation, the University kept its students out of harm's way, thereby offering a blueprint for overcoming future severe encounters with Mother Nature. CPM Jeff Sessine is senior vice president and Brent Rudell is senior consultant for CENTERS, LLC (www.centersusa.com). FREE WHITE PAPERS A Guide to ADA Signage & Wayfinding Basics The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in place for more than 20 years, with major revisions enacted in 2009. Since its release in September of 2010, the language outlined in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (SAD) has not changed. However, as of March 2011, the ADA gained teeth — compliance is now required and enforceable on the federal level. Since the ADA views visual impairments as a disability covered under the Act, there are specific guidelines pertaining to signage products. This free white paper explains those guidelines. Powering Your Business Disaster Planning In today's connected world, companies and organizations rely on a complex and interdependent set of tools including computers, servers, telephone systems, and even physical and online security systems. All these advanced systems still depend on a technology that's more than a century old — electric power. This white paper describes the key components of a comprehensive plan for administrators to ensure their organization will not suffer severe consequences as a result of a power outage. Factors leading to power loss, how to prioritize vital systems, and available methods of protection including surge suppressors, backup power (UPSs), and more are covered. DECEMBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 11

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