Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) recently received $10,000 from Puget Sound Energy Foundation to support the development of an emergency operations center (EOC) for the College. An EOC works as a centralized communications command post for police, fire, campus security and any other agency involved in a campus-wide emergency such as a fire, hostage situation, shooting, gas leak, or other life-threatening situation.
“We’re excited to develop a fully-functional EOC thanks to this generous grant,” said Patrick Sturgill, LWIT manager of safety and security. “We’ll now be able to effectively manage an emergency response, coordinating with local first responders like police and fire to increase the value and speed of response. While it’s mainly a service for our campus, our EOC will be available for local agencies to utilize in our immediate neighborhood if needed. ”
With the funding, LWIT’s security department will purchase a base radio, dedicated hand-held radios, a generator capable of operating emergency communications equipment, lighting for a communications center, and a locking portable equipment cart that can secure all vital emergency operation center (EOC) equipment and allow for set up of an EOC anywhere on campus. The funds will also cover the installation of a radio repeater that will assure communications are uninterrupted across campus.
“We are pleased to award this grant to LWIT, which is consistent with our priorities of 2012 to support public safety and emergency preparedness,” said Jason Van Nort, government and community relations manager at Puget Sound Energy.
The College plans to have the equipment in place by the end of January.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) is a broad-based polytechnic college providing education in more than 38 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and a baccalaureate degree designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. Founded in 1949, LWIT offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWIT programs, please visit lwtech.edu/press_room.