On May 4, 2007, Missouri State University President Michael T. Nietzel appointed the Emergency Response Task Force to review existing campus emergency response policies and procedures, identify areas of potential improvement, and develop a recommended implementation plan, including a timeline and budget.
In the first phase, the task force made recommendations regarding how to prevent, mitigate and respond to incidents of campus violence and threats, both internal and external. The second phase involved a broader review of campus emergency policies and procedures to include: tornadoes and severe weather; fire; bomb threats; and earthquakes.
Several recommendations of the Emergency Response Task Force have been funded and have been or will soon be implemented. More than $300,000 has been allocated during the 2007-08 fiscal year for implementing high-priority components of the plan, including implementing a mass notification system, installing generators for core functions in critical facilities, purchasing additional emergency phones, hiring a security consultant and conducting security training.