Emergency Preparedness & Response Plans

The College has a standing committee on emergency preparedness that meets monthly.

Co-Chairs:

Rick Tanksley, Director of Campus Safety
James Uhrich, Chief Information Officer & AVP for Information Technology Services

Committee Members:

James Andersen, Risk & Insurance Specialist
Danita Maxwell, Director of Human Resources
Amy Munoz, AVP for Hospitality Services
Chad Myers, Director - Residential Education & Housing Services
Thomas Polansky, Director of Facilities
Karen Salce, Benefits & Compensation Manager
Sara Semal, Senior Director of Student Wellness Services
Marty Sharkey, Associate Vice President - Marketing & Communications
Jim Tranquada, Director of Communications & Community Relations
Barbara Valiente, AVP of Finance and Controller

One of the more important conclusions from studying recent tragedies was the need for timely mass communication to the campus community and constituencies outside of campus in the event of an emergency. The committee identified both an audible siren type system and a rapid multi-faceted email and voice mail messaging system for use on campus and for notifying constituencies off campus. Text messaging capability has recently been added.

Only the Chief of Campus Safety or designees are authorized to activate the emergency notification system. The emergency notification system, OxyAlert, is tested twice a year - once in the fall semester in conjunction with the Great California Shakeout drill and once in the spring semester.

After the Northridge earthquake in 1994, the need was recognized for an out-of-state telephone message to keep family and friends of Occidental apprised of the status of the College after a natural disaster or other emergency. The message is updated as the situation demands. It plays twice for the caller, then automatically disconnects. The number is 1-866-961-3300. Share it with your family and friends. Information will also be posted on the College website as necessary.