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LCCC receives grant to improve its emergency management plan

Monday, October 26, 2009
The comprehensive plan is essential for preparedness during emergencies that might arise on campus
Laramie County Community College has received an 18-month grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to review, improve and fully integrate its campus-based all-hazards emergency management plan.

This comprehensive plan is critical to ensuring a high level of preparedness and readiness in case an emergency does occur. Taking action now can help save lives, prevent injury and minimize campus damage during a crisis.

As part of the comprehensive campus-based all-hazards emergency management planning process, LCCC will partner with local, state, federal government and private non-profit organizations to ensure full integration with responders at both campuses (Cheyenne and Laramie) and both outreach centers (Pine Bluffs and F.E. Warren AFB).

LCCC has signed partnership agreements in support of the grant with the Albany County Commissioners, Laramie County Commissioners, Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the City of Laramie, the Albany County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Laramie County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The project director is Dr. John M. Heller, who comes to this position after 21 years with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (which was the Wyoming Emergency Management Agency until 2003), four years with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department and four years with Laramie County Community College, where he developed and implemented the Homeland Security Degree program as part of a partnership with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.

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