The other concept that is alien to these folks is the need to incorporate outside agencies in our training efforts. Some administrators are afraid to admit we have deficiencies and need help, a throwback to the campus-as-a-stand-alone-island theory I guess, and hopefully not a reflection on working with all those lowly civil servants.
As I said earlier, this process of helping to manage the process of changing the way crisis management teams work has been a real education for us. Life was simpler when all we worried about was calls and coffee. Efforts like this take a real change in mindset from both sides of the table. It is needed for a lot of reasons, but most importantly because we can no longer afford to sit back and wait for events to unfold before we elicit a response. The ultimate reason, and by far the most important one, is that somewhere out there, someone is already planning, training, and exercising their options on how to beat the record set at Virginia Tech. We had better be ready, because the clock didn't stop ticking on April 16, 2007. It just got a new alarm time, set by the next perpetrator.