West Virginia Universitys Virtual Medical Campus (VMC)/Homeland Security Programs is offering a half-day course for higher education administrators on how to develop an all-hazards campus security plan.

While experts agree there is no way to predict an event like the recent Virginia Tech shooting, having a campus security plan is paramount in todays society.

The course consists of a basic overview for institutions developing a homeland security plan. It provides security planning awareness for individuals who may not have experience in security planning, but are responsible for their campuss plan. The target audience includes campus presidents and vice presidents, key staff members, safety committees and incident management teams.

Instructors from VMC /Homeland Security Programs can travel to campuses to deliver the course, or it can also be delivered for free via ITV videoconferencing from WVU .

To schedule a homeland security course or for more information, contact Erinn Exline, program coordinator for communication and marketing, at 304-293-6351 or by email at erinn.exline@mail.wvu.edu .

The VMC office also is offering a new, free online course called Campus Public Safety Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incidents.

The purpose of the WMD online course is to prepare campus public safety personnel to become more proficient in the management of emergencies concerning terrorism or WMDs. The content addresses emergency preparedness and security measures that will help higher education administrators better prepare for these events.

To sign up for the online class, register at the VMC s online Learning Management System athttp://vmc.wvu.edu/training/index.htm

Both courses were developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Office for Grants and Training.