Training + Exercises

The Office of Emergency Preparedness currently offers the following trainings:

The mission of GT-CERT is to make the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) safer and stronger and provide opportunities to be better prepared for emergency/disaster situations. To provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people. 

Emergency Preparedness 101
Instruction to cover the basic emergency situations in a building on campus: Fire, evacuation, who's who on campus, emergency notification, severe weather, mail handling procedures, after hours facilities issues, etc. Each participant would be provided with a copy of the campus emergency action plan, which would be discussed in detail. Participants would also receive a template and instruction on the Red Book for them to develop their own plan for their specific building.

Continuity of Operations Planning
Provide personnel with the background and template for building their own departmental continuity of operations plan (COOP). The COOP plan is designed to address the immediate aftermath, short-term and long-term (up to 30 days) with focus on continuing essential functions, which would become extremely important in the event of a catastrophic event that would disable their building for an extended time period. Participants will learn how to conduct a hazard analysis, identify and prioritize departmental essential functions, including vital records, systems and equipment. Participants will also learn how to use GT Ready, a business continuity planning tool that is specific to institutions of higher education to increase the institution's ability to keep operating in the face of disruptive events. These 90 minute classes are limited to 15 people; you will need your GT computer username and password in the class. Departmental Business Managers, IT personnel and building managers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Safety Abroad
Regardless if you're working abroad, going on an exotic overseas vacation or planning a sabbatical into the far corners of the earth, you should be prepared for adventure BEFORE leaving the United States. Be informed about safety issues, crime and travel tips. Learn what and who to avoid, and common sense steps to make your travel enjoyable and safe.

Weather Hazards and Precautions
There have been more tornado warnings in Fulton County in 2008 than in the past five years combined! Learn the difference between Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings. More importantly, learn what to look for, and then what to do if a storm is heading your way. Class attendees will also learning about lightning, straight line wind, winter weather and more.

Other Training Opportunities
The Georgia Tech Office of Emergency Preparedness offers courses on a wide variety of topics and subject matter. If you or your staff have a specific topic that you would like to receive training on, the Office of Emergency Preparedness can tailor a course for your specific needs and conduct it at your location.

Exercises + Drills
The Georgia Tech Office of Emergency Preparedness conducts a series of exercises and drills every semester. If your office or department would like to have an exercise or drill that is specific to your facility, the Office of Emergency Preparedness can tailor the content to fit your specific needs and facilitate an exercise for your area.