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Resilience

This page provides Campus Resilience Program resources for the academic community to address a range of threats or hazards affecting schools and campuses nationwide.

These resources increase awareness of current risks and threats related to the academic community, provide tools and content for schools to measure specific campus vulnerabilities, include best practice guides and templates to help schools take action, and list opportunities for schools to evaluate its preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

Awareness

Resources that increase understanding of risks and threats.

Assessment

Tools and content to identify specific vulnerabilities. 

DHS Protective Security Advisors 

The Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection operates the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) Program. PSAs are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts who facilitate local field activities in coordination with other DHS offices.

PSAs perform security-focused community level outreach at educator's conferences/school board meetings and, within the scope of existing resources, help schools conduct security vulnerability assessments.

For more information on how to connect with your local PSA and to learn more about their specific offerings,  please contact AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov.

Action

Best-practice resources and templates to address vulnerabilities and risks.

CR Program Resource Library 

The Campus Resilience (CR) Program Resource Library  provides the academic community with resources, strategies and templates to address a range of vulnerabilities and risks. This includes a variety of capacity-building resources and tools to empower practitioners and campus leaders to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from various threats and hazards posing a risk to the academic community.

Evaluation

Opportunities to evaluate resiliency through exercises and seminars.

The Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series (TTX Series)

The Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series (TTX Series) is a collection of tailored events, each with unique objectives and outcomes, designed for the higher education community. Each event in the series challenges participants with multi-faceted threat based scenarios that test and strengthen their institution’s preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

Exercise Starter Kits

Exercise Starter Kits are a set of tools and resources for institutions of higher education (IHE) to self-conduct a tabletop exercise (TTX).

The Exercise Starter Kits reinforce an IHE’s specific emergency plans, protocols, and procedures, while also testing and strengthening an institution’s preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

Exercise Starter Kits currently focus on cyber breaches, hurricanes, or active shooter incidents. Each kit includes:

  • An Exercise Conduct Briefing for presentation during the TTX
  • A Situation Manual to provide background information on the TTX, scenario content, as well as discussion questions for participants
  • A Facilitator Guide for assisting facilitators in delivering the TTX
  • A Participant Feedback Form Template for players to provide candid feedback on the TTX
  • An After-Action Report Template for summarizing key strength and areas for improvement following the TTX

For more information on Exercise Starter Kits, read our press release and resource one-pager. To obtain one or more of the Exercise Starter Kits mentioned above, please use this link.

Campus Resilience Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Campus Resilience (CR) Program in 2013, as an effort to engage institutions of higher education (IHEs) in developing and testing an emergency preparedness and resilience planning process tailored to IHEs. Managed by the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), the program is dedicated to helping colleges and universities build, sustain and promote resiliency to the threats that confront institutions across the nation.

Last Published Date: June 5, 2018

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