Emergency Preparedness

Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Friends of UMFK,

Ever since the shooting tragedy occurred on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, UMFK has redoubled efforts to develop and continuously evaluate and revise its emergency plans and procedures. In the process we obtained training, purchased new notification equipment and software, and adopted new procedures for dealing with a wide variety of potential threats to this campus community, our students, faculty and staff.

This work has been accomplished utilizing a national format entitled the National Incident Management System, or NIMS. The NIMS protocols provide structure, procedures and formats for dealing with a host of potential threats. Shortly after we began using NIMS, a natural disaster struck this campus in the form of the flooding of Fort Kent and surrounding communities in April 2008 by the Fish and St. John Rivers. NIMS not only enabled us to deal effectively with that situation, but as we learned through the process, since it is the same system utilized by town, county, state, and federal emergency response teams, communications and coordination with the various agencies and responders took place smoothly and easily in the midst of this event.

In the year following, we have continued preparedness efforts by putting into place equipment needed to alert members of this academic community to potential disasters, and to inform them in ways that will save lives and protect this campus. We have created this website to augment our Emergency Plan and to share as much information as possible about that plan and what you can do to be prepared now, before an emergency occurs.

I encourage every one of you to take basic steps to prepare yourself for the unexpected emergency at home, work, or school. Familiarize yourself with the information on this site, insure that your contact information here at the university is accurate and up to date, be aware of university emergency plans and be prepared to take the steps outlined in those plans. Think carefully and routinely about your personal safety. Stay attentive to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity. Your safety is very important to us.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lisa Fournier.

Wilson Hess