The Basics of Emergency Management and Preparedness Strategies for Student Unions
October 12, 1 p.m. Eastern
Colleges and universities are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. However, with the growing number of natural and man-made disasters, this is no easy task. Many of these emergencies occur with little to no warning; therefore, it is critical for institutions to plan ahead to ensure the safety and general welfare of all members of the campus community. Emergency preparedness and response on campus is a shared responsibility, and this presentation will provide those directly involved with the management of unions a basic understanding of the emergency management system as well as techniques to prepare frontline employees for emergency response. The presenters will explore the potential roles and responsibilities of student union professionals, as well as those which are delegated to senior university officials and first responders. While general preparedness guidelines may not apply in every emergency, the goal of this session will be to encourage organizations to integrate their own preparedness philosophies with the circumstances of a specific situation.
About the Presenter
Dr. Joe Lizza is assistant director for Campus Center operations and programs at Stockton University. His primary responsibilities include the management of the universities 154,000-square-foot Campus Center. This encompasses program development and implementation, strategic planning and budgeting, technology integration, and human resource management. Lizza received his undergraduate degree from Monmouth University, followed by his master’s degree in higher education administration and his doctorate in educational leadership from Rowan University. He has been actively involved with emergency preparedness and response for more than 16 years, holding numerous certifications and endorsements. Lizza's knowledge has afforded him several opportunities to publish and present on topics related to his research interests, which include organizational culture, campus safety and security, emergency preparedness and management, and the use of technology in higher education. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).