Grand Valley Police Department

Emergency Preparedness

Program Rationale

It is our intent to work with the Office of Housing and Residence Life and Facilities Management on taking a proactive approach in emergency preparation, fire prevention, and severe weather awareness. Each campus is equipped with its own fire detection system which includes manual pull stations, alarms, strobe lights, smoke detectors, and heat detectors. Various housing units also contain sprinkler protection.  The alarm systems and fire extinguishers are routinely inspected.

Program Descriptions

Each year through a coordinated effort of several departments the police departments assist in, emergency preparation, fire, and severe weather education with housing staff members and alike. Certain communities or departments require attendance of this informational session. These seminars often aid resident assistances with information which is passed on to those who live on campus.

As an additional effort to involve the community the police department conducts a fire drill within the first week of classes within the living center areas. Fire drills assist with familiarizing residents with the sights, sounds, and procedures involved with their fire system. Unannounced drills are conducted at various times throughout the year.

Intended Outcomes

  • Exposing participants to university expectations regarding police, fire, and severe weather procedures.
  • Encourage those involved to be alert, aware, and responsible for themselves, and others within the community.
  • Encourage pre-planning and awareness for unexpected events to occur within a given environment.


Program: Themes/Titles

Police Introduction
The community police officers will often present on the services and resources the GVSU police department has to offer. This presentation can be a standalone topic or more commonly offered in combination with other program topics requested.
Fire Safety
Often presented in conjunction with Allendale Fire Department.  Participants may learn about common fire safety issues and how they impact a university environment.  Learn what to do in the event of a fire and/or fire alarm.  Those who attend may also learn how to effectively use a fire extinguisher.
Severe Weather
Often presented in conjunction with local weather experts. Participants may learn about common natural disasters that may impact a university environment. Additional information exposes to how to pre-plan to mitigate risk in the event of a severe weather emergency. Those in attendance will gain an understanding of severe weather alerts and university protocol.

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