Training and Exercises

Emergency Management


As Western Carolina University is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of safety, the institution participates in several different forms of exercises to practice responding to actual incidents. Most recently the institution participated in a full-scale active shooter exercise in conjunction with a grant received at the county level to test a variety of responder functions including but not limited to: mass notification, actual response, and the university's emergency operations center.


Recent Exercises

Active Shooter Exercise - This exercise was held in the full-scale format to test the complexity of our response systems including but not limited to mass-notification.

Read More: What to Do if Shots Are Fired

Pandemic Flu Exercise -The pandemic flu exercise was done to test the university's response to a pandemic strain of influenza. The exercise was held in a table-top format to have a lower stress environment than that of a full-scale exercise.

Chemical Spill - The chemical spill exercise was done to simulate mixture of chemicals in the natural sciences building, while testing the university's and its partners in emergency services response.

Online Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A) through its partner, the Emergency Management Institute, provides a variety of online independent study courses that can better prepare an individual and/or organization to respond to an emergency. In addition to the Emergency Management Institute, individuals may participate in local or state emergency management training or exercises. The calendar of events can be found on the North Carolina Emergency Management web site.

The Office of Emergency Management suggests the following courses to be taken by any member of the university community:

  • IS 100.HE: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education
  • IS 200.b: Incident Command Systems for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
  • IS 700.a: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • IS 800.b: An Introduction to the National Response Framework

If you have any questions about additional training or courses, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Emergency Management.

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