Universities typically exist in their own worlds, separated from the cities which surround their campuses. UNLV, however, lies right beside a top traveler attraction, the Las Vegas Strip, and blocks from among the world’s busiest airports. So when emergency situations and crises happen in the city, the campus may be hired to pitch in.
Emergency Situation Management Coordinator Yuri Graves is working to prepare campus for all types of threats, making sure that personnel are trained to respond and our school neighborhood has the resiliency to recover. Graves signed up with UNLV after leading readiness and relief efforts for the United States Coast Guard and the city of Henderson.
We eavesdroped on a current KUNV 91.5 interview and came away with 3 key things.
Training is the secret
Dangers that start so quickly and suddenly are hard to prepare for and tough to react to, he said. However planning is the essential to sleeping peacefully. Incidents– like active assailants, where the timing, area, and totality of the scenarios are unidentified– are constantly challenging. Nevertheless, just like earthquakes, flash flooding, and pandemics, the procedure for response can be planned and defined: recognize the hazard and respond; and take the steps to secure life, property, and the environment as the scenario is supported.
UNLV has strong training for responding to emergency situations, he notes. Among his leading priorities is to enhance prepare for handling the healing procedure after any occurrence. He also is working to make UNLV a more important part of the Las Vegas Valley’s wider extensive preparation procedure.
Interaction is continuous and interactive
Tomb’ job is not merely to put out info, but to make sure the public can ask questions and get included. The goal is as much interaction as possible. Not simply between agencies and jurisdictions, but with students, staff, and professors on campus, along with their households or roomies in the house
Tomb is helping boost the school neighborhood’s preparation for emergency situations in general. This consists of assisting campus neighborhood members comprehend ways to develop their own individual emergency and interactions plan as well as supply packages for house and automobile.
This isn’t just a stating or a hashtag, it is a way of living on campus and in the neighborhood, Graves stated. It implies having an emergency plan and supply package, staying informed, and getting included. Downloading the RebelSAFE App and understanding ways to receive emergency situation notifies is only step one. Graves is developing fun, instructional exercises to engage the trainees– so keep an eye out for the campus zombie apocalypse, and Be RebelSAFE.