WWC to Review Emergency Plan

The Virginia Tech incident prompts administrators to review WWC's own emergency plan.

By: Becky Beddoe

Walla Walla College students held a moment of silence for those affected by Monday's Virginia Tech tragedy.  A prayer was also offered during the college's weekly chapel service.

In a campus email sent Tuesday afternoon President John McVay expressed sympathy for the Virginia Tech campus and families affected by the incident.

The incident has underscored the importance of work currently being conducted on campus in emergency planning.

Last school year a campus wide emergency plan was adopted by WWC administrators. "We are now in the process of organizing educational and training sessions, which will include informing faculty, staff, and students about steps to take in the event of an emergency," says Rosa Jimenez, director of college relations.

The emergency plan was developed along with a separate crisis communication plan. Both were developed by an emergency planning committee chaired by Jim Hall, interim vice president for financial administration. 

"We will review this plan annually to update as needed. We expect that events such as the Virginia Tech incident will help us identify additional emergency situations that need to be addressed," says Jimenez.

Matt Heinrich, of the risk and safety management office, has recently been named the campus emergency planning coordinator.  He and other members of the emergency planning committee are meeting this week to discuss the recent events and to review the college's emergency plan.

Walla Walla College's emergency plan can also be viewed online.

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