Annual crisis drill tests university preparedness and response

Last week, members of the Crisis Management Team and colleagues across campus participated in the university’s annual crisis drill, which is a real-life, real-time crisis scenario to test the university’s crisis management preparedness. The drill offered an opportunity to manage a hypothetical crisis step-by-step and to determine how to effectively respond if it were an actual emergency. The drill was co-facilitated by the Marquette University Police Department and the Office of University Relations, and included more than 40 staff and faculty members, including the provost and EVP/COO.

The Crisis Management Team’s mission is to identify hazards, collaborate on emergency management strategies and initiatives designed to enhance preparedness, and improve the university’s ability to respond to all threats (natural, technological and human-caused). The team meets monthly and is charged with ongoing hazard assessment; maintenance and updating of the Marquette University Crisis Management Plan; and facilitating training exercises, such as the annual crisis drill.

More information on the university’s crisis planning and emergency procedures can be found on the university safety website.