On April 12, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the selection of Eastern and six other colleges and universities across the nation to participate in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Pilot Program. The seven institutions will help develop and pilot an emergency preparedness and resilience planning program, facilitated by community engagement, local stakeholders, campus leadership and students.
"Eastern will serve as a valuable partner in our efforts to help colleges and universities prepare for, respond to and recover from crisis and emergency situations," said Napolitano. "Through its work with DHS, Eastern will help us further develop best practices, resources and tools needed to assist campus communities nationwide in their resilience and emergency planning processes."
"We are very pleased that our University was chosen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as one of only seven colleges and universities to be part of this national pilot program," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Emergency preparation is a major part of our commitment to campus safety. We are honored to help develop best practices for improving campus preparedness on a national scale."
This summer, Eastern served as a site for a week-long series of workshops and interviews, with the project team meeting with faculty, staff and students, as well as community officials, with the goal of identifying best practices in the areas of emergency preparedness and resilience planning, as well as opportunities for future collaboration and improvement.