The College's Emergency Operations Plan is supported by three emergency teams: The Executive Policy Group, the Emergency Management Team, and the Emergency Management Auxiliary Team.
The Executive Policy Group (EPG) is comprised of senior administrators responsible for executive level decision-making regarding an emergency.
The Policy Group 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 Management Team;
- Informs stakeholders and college community members through notifications and updates.
The Emergency Management Team (EMT) is comprised of college employees responsible for operational management during an emergency. Team members are trained in emergency preparedness and response using the Incident Command System (ICS). This team reports to the Executive Policy Group 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 and allocates resources.
The Emergency Management Team is supplemented as needed by members of the Emergency Management Auxiliary Team (EMAT). EMAT members are college employees or external partners who, in their professional roles, provide expertise that may be essential for managing an emergency.
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 Emergency Management Team 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 Executive Policy Group, the Emergency Management Team, and the Emergency Management Auxiliary Team meet regularly and participate in training and exercises to support this plan.
Minimum Requirement: All team members must 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 are 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.
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.