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Crisis Management Team (CMT)

CMT is comprised of senior College officials who have overall administrative and managerial responsibility for emergency planning before, during and after emergency incidents, and include the following personnel:

Role Name
President, Crisis Manager David Wippman
Vice President for Administration & Finance Karen Leach
Vice President for Communications & Marketing Melissa Richards
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Chris Card
Associate Vice President of Facilities & Planning Michael Klapmeyer

Hamilton Emergency Response Team (HERT)

HERT is the group of essential personnel with overall managerial responsibility during Level 2 or 3 emergency incidents on campus, and include the following personnel:

Title/Role Name
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (HERT Chair) Jeff Landry
Director of Campus Safety (Incident Commander) Frank Coots
Campus Safety Emergency Manager John Ball
Senior Director, Media Relations Vige Barrie
Assistant Director of Campus Safety Wayne Gentile
Director, Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability Brian Hansen
Director, Building Systems Management (FM) Bill Huggins
Campus Safety Investigator Tony Scalise
Director, Human Resources Steve Stemkoski
Campus Investigator & Compliance Officer Judie Trimboli
Director, Information Security & Privacy Jerry Tylutki
Associate Dean of Faculty Penny Yee

Facility Emergency Coordinators (FEC)

FEC’s are College personnel with day-to-day responsibility for routine campus operations and emergencies, and are typically regarded as “Incident Commanders” for events at or below Level 1 severity. They include the following personnel:

Title/Role Name
Director of Campus Safety Frank Coots
Assistant Director of Campus Safety Wayne Gentile
Associate Vice President of Facilities & Planning Michael Klapmeyer
Director, Building Systems Management (FM) Bill Huggins
Director, Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability Brian Hansen

The Arc of Emergency Management at Hamilton

The relationship between CMT, HERT and the FEC’s as they relate to emergency management may be thought of as per the below:

Additional Essential Personnel

HERT will expand or contract based upon the nature of a given emergency incident as necessary. The following personnel are also considered essential across most emergency event types on campus:

  • President and Senior Staff (in addition to those listed above)
  • All Campus Safety Officers and Administrators
  • All Facilities Management staff

Campus Safety

Campus Safety is the first point of contact for the communication of all emergencies. They maintain a close working relationship with various external emergency responders (fire, law enforcement, EMS services), and provide “First Responder” services to the community depending on the nature of the event, including 1st Aid/CPR/AED, fire extinguisher deployment (for small, incipient fires), and incidental spill response (for low hazard spills). Finally, Campus Safety monitors all fire safety alarm panel systems for the College, and operates the outdoor emergency warning siren.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is operated by the Department of Student Health Services, and provides students with preventative medical education and care, as well as the diagnosis/treatment of student illnesses and injuries with consultation and/or referral to other health care professionals when appropriate. It provides limited emergency services to students who may be injured on campus.

  • It is important to note that the Health Center is neither a hospital nor an emergency room. It is open Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Appointments are typically required.

Hamilton College Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS)

HCEMS is principally a student-run EMS organization that operates out of the Health Center and is overseen by David Goldman. It provides a wide variety of emergency medical and 1st aid services to all students, employees and members of the public on Hamilton College grounds when classes are in session.

Facilities Management

Facilities Management has overall emergency responsibilities related to College facilities and utilities, including all building-installed fire safety systems. It may also be called upon to investigate utility-related odors (like natural gas smells or refrigerant leaks), and has a trained “Spill Team” that can respond to and mitigate less than Level 3 petroleum-based spills.

Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability (EPS&S)

The Director of EPS&S has overall emergency responsibilities related to chemical, biological, radiological and environmental hazards on campus. The Director may be called upon to investigate and mitigate a wide range of chemical/petroleum-based spills or releases, when they are less than Level 3 in nature.

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