Mary Savage, the Virginia Community College System’s emergency preparedness and safety manager, came to Rappahannock Community College on January 7.
During her morning and afternoon presentations (seen at both campuses via interactive video), she spoke and answered questions about, respectively, campus safety and security during emergency fire, weather, and terrorist-related events; and procedures for dealing with sexual discrimination and other types of harassment.
Ms. Savage was able to offer a number of useful insights for implementing college policies to the best advantage. In order to keep its students and staff on all campuses secure and safe, RCC maintains a trained security staff, “best practices” procedures and planning, convenient emergency call boxes, ample lighting, and surveillance cameras.
A violence prevention committee and a threat assessment team, both made up of trained administrators and staff, external professional service providers, and law enforcement agencies, stand ready to prevent attacks if possible, and contain them if necessary.