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Culture of safety thriving at RMC

BILLINGS, August 12, 2014 – Rocky Mountain College prepares with best practices for safety challenges. President Bob Wilmouth said, “Safety comes first, always,” and RMC employees are taking the opportunity to make RMC an even safer campus seriously. 

On July 9, two sergeants from the Billings Police Department SWAT team presented to 64 RMC employees in one of many safety initiatives undertaken this summer. Sergeant Justin Jagers told the audience at the training, “Can we secure this or any campus? Absolutely not. What you can do is take reasonable precautions.” The key, said Jagers, is to remain both alert and prepared.

Rocky Mountain College has built a longstanding culture of safety, and the College has continued best practices throughout the summer:

New communications systems were under construction on campus in June, including an SMS texting system that sends text messages to all cell phones in the RMC database and was tested successfully several times in July. An existing campus-wide audio alert system is also receiving renovation and upgrading this summer.  

Before the school year begins, RMC will be able to launch simultaneous real-time or pre-recorded text and audio messages from any registered smart phone or designated workstation. Frequent testing is planned before and during the school year; residence life staff and campus safety personnel will have immediate access to the alert system. By August 18, each building will have emergency protocol guides available in several locations. 

These initiatives reinforce the existing RMC safety culture, which for years has included numerous cameras on campus, remotely-activated locks on many campus buildings, keycard entrance to all residence halls, evening patrols, protocols for emergencies, and presentations and discussions of personal and institutional responsibility at all levels from students to leadership. 

Jayme Green, director of campus safety programming, said employees are enjoying increased communication to prepare campus for all sorts of safety challenges, whether scenarios of danger, or daily consideration of bicycle use, parking regulation, and personal responsibility. 

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