Safety is a concern, and rightfully so. VTS is aware of this and making strides to become a safer campus, better prepared to respond in times of crisis. The Board of Trustees approved funding to be used to install cameras, add windows in office doors, and more. The Butterfly House has a great deal of procedures in place that specifically relate to regulations for operating an early childhood education center.
Jim Norman and I have been working with Safety Center, a cloud-based mobile safety platform developed by Dude Solutions. The purpose is to streamline the plans that have been housed in binders on shelves and get the information into the hands of those who need it in a format that it is accessible. To that end, the information in the App is brief, with the hope that people can access what they need in the moment, without bogging them down with unnecessary information. We look forward to opening the plan for folks to download it early in August and rolling out the information over the next couple of months.
This is just a sample of the many things that are being done to make VTS safer and more prepared. Also, each individual can and should take steps to be prepared. For example, familiarize yourself with fire extinguisher, fire alarm pull station, First Aid Kit, and AED locations on campus, as well as exit routes; take a First Aid, CPR, and AED certification course; explore the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ready.gov website; build your own emergency kit(s) to keep in your home, office, and car; take online courses on various topics from the Emergency Management Institute; and so much more.
The Rev. Katherine A. Malloy Executive Assistant to the Dean and President