Besides writing, training and testing a university level plan, GSU’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) also assists appointed Emergency Coordinators to design collegiate and departmental emergency action plans. The critical goals of each plan are:
- To synchronize efforts.
- To prevent fatalities and injuries.
- To reduce damage to buildings, documentation, stock, and equipment.
- Accelerate the resumption of normal operations.
Each plan, regardless of hazard or threat category, will address the common duties, responsibilities, authority/chain of command, and resources for emergency response. A plan template is provided for each building’s emergency coordinator (contact the Operations Manager for more information about becoming a Building Coordinator).
Among the responsibilities that will be addressed and assigned in each emergency plan are:
- Reporting the emergency and activating the emergency plan.
- Assuming overall command and alerting staff; coordinating activities of various groups.
Establishing communication (e.g. advising media, alerting external agencies, or alerting the outside population of possible risk).
Ordering evacuation and confirming evacuation completed.
Requesting external aid.
- Providing medical aid or advising relatives of casualties.
- Ensuring emergency shut offs are closed.
- Sounding the all-clear.
Completing a comprehensive plan for handling emergencies is a major step toward preventing disasters. However, it is difficult to predict all of the problems that could occur unless the plan is tested. The OEM will assist in coordinating and conducting exercises and drills to practice all or critical portions of the plan (see Training Services section) with the goal to obtain a high level of proficiency and preparedness.