Jan 17, 2017

Versailles, Ky. – When a crisis strikes on campus, it could require a response many colleges and universities might not be equipped to handle alone. This is not limited to small schools. Higher education institutions such as Harvard University, University of Oregon, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have all signed the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). Now, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System has joined this impressive group. As of last summer, 26 institutions of higher ed had signed on to help each other during a crisis.

The agreement allows institutes of higher education to share equipment, personnel and other resources. Because participants best understand the needs of other higher education institutions, they are able to provide specific assistance needed during emergencies. For example, when Umpqua Community College experienced an on-campus shooter, the University of Oregon provided an incident management team to assist them.

NIMAA does not replace local, state or regional agreements, but is a supplement to them. The agreement is totally voluntary and membership is free.