Resilient campuses: Leveraging resources among small- and moderate-sized institutions of higher education


  • Rebekah Green, PhD



emergency planning, scale, collaboration, higher educ


Universities and colleges provide students with an opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a structured series of learning experiences. Yet disasters can interrupt traditional place-based education and prove to be intractable policy problems. The challenges of developing robust plans and drilling them extensively are most pronounced among smaller public colleges and universities. This article describes how three small- to moderate-sized higher education institutions formed a consortium to better prepare for emergencies, despite limited resources. Together the institutions built common templates, hired joint staff, and created a suit of joint exercises appropriate for their small size and campus-specific needs. In the process, they shared unique perspectives that improved resilience across the institutions.

Author Biography

Rebekah Green, PhD

Assistant Professor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.


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How to Cite

Green, PhD, R. “Resilient Campuses: Leveraging Resources Among Small- and Moderate-Sized Institutions of Higher Education”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 21-30, doi:10.5055/jem.2014.0159.