Emergency Response Plan

Emergency planning is critical to the health and welfare of members of the Seminole State College community. Its purpose is to provide a response to threats.

This plan outlines the general areas of responsibility for Seminole State College departments charged with responding to emergencies. Detailed emergency procedures are contained in individual departmental emergency response plans, which will be executed, as appropriate, during emergency situations. This Emergency Response Plan provides an overarching framework for the coordination of specific departmental plans.

This outline is arranged by emergency type. Many response steps are identical, regardless of the type of emergency, but there are some variations. The general response outline in the introduction of this plan provides an overview of the functions of each campus' emergency response unit.

The Emergency Response Team, under the College's Vice President of Information Technology and Resources/CIO, produced this plan and provides guidance for its implementation:

Seminole State College Emergency Response Team
Vice President for Business Operations/CFOJoe Mazur
Vice President of Information Technology and Resources/CIODick Hamann
Vice President of Academic AffairsLaura Ross
Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Communication/PIOKate Henry
Associate Vice President, Human ResourcesMae Ashby
Interim Associate Vice President, Financial ServicesSandra Lochner
Campus DeanJeffery Gibbs
Director, Campus Safety and SecurityMiguel Sierra
Manager, Public Relations, Media Relations & Institutional Communications/PIOMark Richardson
Communications Coordinator/PIOKimberly Allen
Director of FacilitiesDouglas Bentley
Director of Counseling and AdvisingDeborah Lynch
General CounselPaul Carland
Associate Dean, Center for Public SafetyAlexander Toth
Manager, Adult EducationMichael Woodson
Building Manager, Oviedo and GenevaChris Armstrong
Building Manager, Altamonte Spring and HeathrowChris Lemm
Facilities Operations Manager, Sanford/Lake Mary CampusJohn Whitman
Manager, Risk Assessment, Environmental Health, Safety & ComplianceJulie Overstreet
Interim Manager, Safety and Security OperationsVacant
Manager, Safety and SecurityGlen Calderon
Manager, Safety and SecurityRich Wedell

Administrative Chain of Authority

In the event of an emergency, the chain of authority for administrative decision-making is as follows:

  1. President or a designate (normally the vice president of information technology and resources/CIO; otherwise, a substitute will be identified)
  2. Vice President, Academic Affairs
  3. Chief of Security; Campus administrators may initiate decisions for their facilities (as follows)
  4. Campus Dean, Oviedo Campus
  5. Campus Dean, Altamonte Springs Campus

Administrative decisions that relate to emergency situations, such as the decision to cancel classes, send employees home or close the College, are made by the top-ranking available person in the administrative chain of authority or the administrator of an area campus, based on input from reporting agents, appropriate administrators (if available) and the Seminole State Emergency Response Team.


Miguel Sierra