Emergency Planning Task Force
Augustana Police/Public Safety leads the college’s Emergency Planning Task Force, which meets every two weeks to plan emergency drills and discuss best practices. Members of the task force include public safety, facilities, residential life, the dean of students office, registrar and communications.
The task force conducts three drills each academic year, one in the fall, one in the winter, and a full-scale exercise in the spring.
The full-scale exercise not only tests the campus’s emergency preparedness but strengthens relationships with local agencies by testing their processes and our ability to work together. Past participants have included Rock Island Police Department, Moline Police Department, Rock Island Fire Department, Genesis Health System and MetroLINK.
The college takes an all-hazards approach to emergency situations. This means we practice basic but critical functions, such as evacuate, shelter in place or lock down, to prepare our community for any situation. There are also several leadership teams that are called into action if needed. The Emergency Planning Task Force is responsible for working with these teams to ensure everyone understands their role in an emergency.