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Campus Emergency Plan Definitions

Command Post (CP): The command post is where the Incident Commander runs the overall operations during the duration of a critical event or emergency. CP is different from the EOC defined below. The location of the CP is determined by the police or fire officer in charge of the incident.

Crisis Response Team (CRT): This team is made up of college administrators from various departments. The CRT will assemble during emergencies to decide on an appropriate course of action to take to ensure the safety of all persons and property. CRT members are to be ICS and NIMS trained.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The college operations center utilized by officials during an emergency event. Two campus locations have been identified as EOCs.

Evacuation: To move outside to a safer place as quickly and safely as possible for reasons of personal safety or protection. Evacuation is used in the event of an unsafe condition inside a building such as a fire, hazardous material release, bomb or bomb threat.

Incident Command System (ICS): In compliance with the National Incident Management System, Richland will implement the ICS systems for control and command and will work in the system with assisting agencies. ICS creates a universal language among responders and emergency response protocols.

National Incident Management System (NIMS): The methodical system of emergency management developed by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to facilitate handling of large scale, multi-jurisdiction events. All local, state and federal agencies utilize NIMS in emergency management. Failure to follow NIMS protocol may result in denial of federal reimbursement of expenditures during mitigation of emergency situations. Additional information on NIMS and ICS can be found at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website at

Reverse Evacuation: To move inside as quickly and safely as possible. Reverse evacuation is used in the event of a severe weather condition or hazardous materials incident nearby.

Secure: The process of gaining and maintaining complete control of a situation; rendering a situation or location free from further danger. A declaration of “situation secure” signifies that the threat is over.

Shelter-in-place: An order to stay where you are as safely as possible. Shelter in place is used when conditions outside your location may be more dangerous that staying in place such as a hazardous material incident.

Staging Area: A safe location where emergency responders assemble and made ready for deployment. The primary staging and secondary staging areas have been identified and shared with local emergency responders. Staging areas are designated in conjunction with the location of the campus emergency.

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