RIC, URI, UMass-Dartmouth to participate
in Operation Education Safe Haven, Oct. 21

Rhode Island College, along with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), will conduct a full-scale, active campus shooting simulation to test emergency preparedness, incidence management, and response plans on each campus.

The final phase of “Operation Education Save Haven” at RIC will take place from 8 a.m. to noon in Building 2 on the east campus. During the operation, the campus community will hear emergency messages transmitted via various emergency notifications systems. Respondents will act as if this were an actual emergency.

The simulation is held in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), the state bomb squad, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and other agencies that serve the community.

Security is also in place to test the ability of the three schools to share information and work together.

Classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled during the operation.

The Rhode Island Higher Education Preparedness Series, a founding initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Region 1 Higher Education Center of Excellence, began with the first educational seminar last March at RIC, after RIC President Nancy Carriuolo attended a workshop in Boston run by URI’s National Institute for Public Safety, Research and Training.

The seminar examined campus and surrounding community emergency response plans, resources, and information sharing mechanisms to prevent, mitigate, and respond to threats and violence aimed at colleges and universities in the northeast. A tabletop exercise followed in June that further explored a threat and incident response scenario.

The full-scale operation simulation will complete the series.