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    First Response


About the Department of Strategic Security & Safety / ERM

The Department of Strategic Security and Safety /ERM was created to enable succinct communication between all of the support departments traditionally charged with security / safety and the campus community: students, faculty, staff and visitors. With the thrust of communications relying more and more on IT infrastructure, the Information Security Office has played an important role in identifying strategic solutions and with verification of compatibility with our present systems. This said, KSU is moving towards an exceedingly robust system of preparedness, emergency alert and notification utilizing a layered approach, to ensure all customers are prepared and can respond to any emergency or disaster.

    Programs and Services
  • Develops, tests, reviews, revises, and distributes the University's Emergency Operations plan, pandemic influenza response plan, pre-disaster hazard mitigation plan, and other emergency plans as warranted
  • Oversees the management of the KSU Alert system, the University's emergency mass notification system
  • Manages the Crisis Coordinator (CC) Initiative and provides emergency planning guidance, training, and recordkeeping
  • Activates and manages the University's Emergency Operations Center in the event of a large-scale emergency
  • Monitors campus-wide compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) regulations and ensures required training is provided, and records maintained, for all campus responders
  • Develops, conducts, and coordinates drills and exercises including community-wide exercises, campus exercises, building drills, and departmental exercises (tabletop, functional and full-scale)
  • Coordinates the setup and activation of emergency shelters (human and animal) and Public Health emergency sites utilizing KSU facilities
  • Assesses threats and implements safeguards based on current trends and events
  • Conducts risk assessments and develops departmental and site specific emergency plans for Kennesaw locations and other KSU campus sites
  • Designs, develops, and delivers training, newsletters, and other informational brochures for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing, preparing for, and responding appropriately to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies
  • Maintains a comprehensive Web site for communicating timely information to the University community
  • Investigates, develops, and implements KSU policies and procedures related to homeland security and emergency preparedness issues
  • Coordinates campus events to highlight emergency preparedness and security awareness
  • Prepared to Serve on campus, University System, local, state, and national homeland security and emergency preparedness committees
  • Coordinates on-campus community service volunteer classes to encourage participation by faculty, staff, and students
  • Encourages a service-learning attitude among University students


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