Stephen F. Austin State University

Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Stephen F. Austin State University provides this Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) as an all-hazard emergency management guidance document. This EOP is built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating systems to align key roles and responsibilities across the university when an emergency occurs, since it is not always obvious at the outset of a seemingly minor event whether the incident will remain minor and contained, or whether it might be the initial phase of a larger and rapidly growing threat. This plan describes both authorities and practices for managing and coordinating the response to incidents that range from the serious but purely isolated, to large-scale incidents and natural disasters.

This plan is founded on the principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a national template that enables federal, state, and local governments and private sector nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently.

Implementation of this plan will require cooperation, collaboration, and information sharing among all university departments, as well as with external agencies that may assist the university during major emergencies and disasters.

The Chief of University Police serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator, and will ensure that sufficient training courses are offered in Incident Command, and ensure that the university complies with standards established through National Incident Management System guidance documents.

The Emergency Management Committee, chaired by the Chief of University Police, will meet regularly and provide oversight for the emergency management program.

Any member of the Executive Group, in coordination with the Chief of University Police, or designated alternate, may activate the Emergency Operations Plan upon increased threat, or notification of an impending or actual emergency incident or disaster. When activated, the EOP will be utilized as a decision making tool and the framework for general response and recovery coordination.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be activated as needed. Any member of the Executive Group, or the Chief of University Police, may activate the EOC. An EOC activation and its staffing level will be dependent upon the situation. More information regarding the Emergency Operations Center is provided within Section 9 of this Base Plan.

When the EOC is activated, the Vice President for University Affairs serves as the Emergency Operations Center Director, and will manage all operations within the EOC, as well as coordinate the deployment of university resources throughout the incident. The EOC Director has authority to deploy any university resources necessary to respond to the incident. The Chief of University Police will serve as EOC Director during times that the Vice President for University Affairs is unavailable.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serves as the central location for situation assessment, resource coordination, and operational management of an emergency or a disaster. The physical location of the primary Emergency Operations Center is the EOC Room within the University Police Department facility on East College Street.