Incidents like the Sandy Hook shooting this past year have prompted Boise State officials to amp up emergency measures
Emergency Preparedness Manager Rob Littrell has worked to create extensive emergency planning should a shooting incident occur. When Littrell took office a few short years ago, Boise State’s emergency plan was
“I have been here two years,” Littrell said. “When I first got here, we just had the one emergency response guide and it is very generic in nature.”
In his time at Boise State, Littrell and colleagues have expanded on these basic guidelines mandated by the federal government under the Department of Homeland Security.
“We have several mandates from the Clery Act, The Department of Education, and Presidential Directives five and eight that were created after 9/11,” Littrell said. “All of those things must be taken into consideration when you are writing your plan.”
In response to Sandy Hook, the Obama administration recently released in-depth guidelines to colleges in order to better prepare themselves for hostile situations.
“There has been a recent document that has come out that is kind of geared around active shooter type scenarios and it’s called the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Plans for Institutions of Higher Education,” Littrell said.
Littrell and security officials at Boise State are currently revising emergency planning to fit new standards included in the recently released government guidelines.
“The good thing about using those references is that they standardize your plan,” Littrell said. “You could go to another university, and as an emergency responder, or police chief, it looks the same.”
The current emergency operations plan encompasses the entirety of the university, but Littrell has worked with building coordinators on campus to be ready for a disaster.
“Those building coordinators are required by university policy to have their emergency action plan,” Littrell said, “It is their plan on how they are going to safely evacuate their building and shelter employees.”
Boise State offers email and text alerts in the event of a disaster. Students can opt-in to receive text alerts through BroncoAlert, the campus emergency service, by accessing the self-service drop down menu in the student center on my.boisestate.
“We have only had about 25 percent of students on campus opt-in so far this year, so we want to make sure students know about it,” Littrell said.
Littrell stresses the need for all individuals on campus to have a personal plan of action in the event of a shooting.
“We are all responsible for individual preparedness,” Littrell said. “We can’t tell everyone specific actions about what to do; we want students, faculty and staff thinking about their own preparedness too.”