The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in concert with Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitors’ Program (SVEP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), sought development of tools and processes to enhance campus communities’ responses to and recovery from various kinds of crises, natural disaster, attacks of violence, and other man-made or technological disruptions. DHS OAE, FEMA, ICE, Department of Education, Department of Justice, and school officials across the nation have come to understand that preparedness must be comprehensive and resilience must be a key factor in their planning to ensure the safety and economic vitality of American college and university campuses and their surrounding communities.
CARRI and Meridian Institute have been selected to work with FEMA and its partners in the development of these resources, processes, and tools for campus communities. CARRI and Meridian Institute are developing the Campus Resilience Enhancement System (CaRES) and will modify and apply the CRS framework to campus community resilience needs. CARRI is working with selected university and college campuses to test and verify the resources, processes, and tools that would be useful and effective in campus resilience.