Emergency Preparedness: Leveraging IT for Safety and Security
Major Jay Gruber is the assistant director of public safety and assistant chief of police for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety. As commander of the Technology Service Bureau, he also oversees the communications, emergency management, security technology, and information systems functions of the department. He is a nationally recognized resource on emergency management and emergency communications on college and university campuses, bringing diverse alert notification platforms and information resource procedures to the university, from text messaging and social networking to a robust emergency exercise program. Gruber received a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in applied management from University College; and a graduate certificate in homeland security management. He has also completed extensive graduate work in the field of criminal justice.
Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by Major Jay Gruber, and the topic will be "Emergency Preparedness: Leveraging IT for Safety and Security."
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness in homes, workplaces, colleges and universities, and communities. Institutions of higher education across the country are fine-tuning and test-driving their emergency preparedness plans, testing their emergency notification systems, and conducting awareness sessions for students, faculty, and staff. They are also exploring how they can better leverage information and communications technologies to help them address every phase of emergency management: prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The University of Maryland is taking a comprehensive approach to protecting its human, physical, and cyber assets and is exploring the use of social networking to enhance communication with stakeholders.
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