The College has established an Emergency Core Team (ECT). This team is comprised of senior administrators and is responsible for emergency planning, preparedness and recovery. The team has responsibility for all policy matters including policy decisions regarding the emergency. The team will be informed during an emergency by the Incident Commander.
The Core Team reports to the President or designee during an emergency, and:
- Focuses on the impact to the institution
- Provides direction in implementing policies
- Oversees and supports the Emergency Planning and Preparedness and Threat Assessment Teams
- Informs VIPs and the community through notifications and updates
The Core Team structure and management includes quarterly meetings to review issues related to mission and protocol.
Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team (EP&PT): This team is comprised of college employees trained in emergency preparedness and response using the Incident Command System. This team reports to the Emergency Core Team during an emergency and:
- Supports the Incident Commander
- Establishes the Incident Command structure as appropriate for the incident
- Gathers, confirms and evaluates incident information
- Develops strategies using an action plan
- Identifies resource needs
The Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team structure and management includes quarterly meetings that may include members of the Emergency Core Team and Threat Assessment teams.
Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAM):
Middlebury is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus and workplace environment. As part of this commitment, Middlebury has established a Threat Assessment and Management Team (“TAM Team”), which is empowered to assess risk and formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that he or she may present a threat to health or safety of others. The TAM Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm.
The Threat Assessment Team structure and management includes monthly meetings to discuss cases and implement action plans and follow up strategies. This team is comprised of College employees trained in Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management. The TAM team may assist and support the EP&PT when the emergency involves a community member who is a danger to himself or others.
Anyone who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Department of Public Safety immediately at 802.443.5911. Individuals may also make a report to their Commons Dean or any member of the TAM Team (Tam Team members are listed on the Team’s website: go/threatasseessment)
In case of an immediate emergency, please call 911.
Team Training and Exercises
The Emergency Core Team, the Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team, and the Threat Assessment team will participate in training and exercises to support this plan.
Minimum Requirement: All team members will successfully complete the on-line course, IS-100.HE Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 for Higher Education (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100HE.asp)
Tabletop Exercises and Drills: Enactment of critical incidents and emergencies will be conducted for the purpose of testing:
- Utility of the Emergency Operations Plan
- Preparedness and skills of team members
- Coordination with external entities
- Knowledge, acquisition and deployment of resources
Frequency: The trainings will be scheduled at the discretion of the team chairs, but will occur at least annually.
Trainings will, when practicable, include first responders and other external agencies to test the College’s plan and its compatibility with local, regional, or state plans.
Access to Information
Some information on this Emergency Response website is available only to designated members of the Middlebury College community. This includes Administrative Departments Emergency Guidelines.
Updates & Alerts
In the event of an emergency, the College will use Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) to provide timely information and updates for students, parents, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community. For more information about emergency notifications systems at Middlebury College, click here.