Skip to Content

Emergency Preparedness

As a follow-up from the recent Emergency Preparedness Symposium, the Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) has developed an online resource on this topic.  The site augments professional knowledge around:

  • prevention-mitigation,
  • preparedness,
  • response, and
  • recovery.

Project Overview

The following resources highlight some of the information available within the Emergency Preparedness project.

Emergency Management for Schools Training

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) sponsors Emergency Management for Schools trainings to provide support to school staff and administrators interested in enhancing their preparedness efforts.  They have developed four one-hour Web casts that can be played in conjunction with the Power Point presentations to enhance the emergency management training experience.  While these presentations are not focused on higher education, there are many useful ideas and principles that are described in each section.   Additional information on emergency management resources for schools is available at www.ed.gov/emergencyplan and the Department of Education-funded Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center available at http://rems.ed.gov.

Introduction WindowsMedia | RealMedia

Prevention-Mitigation WindowsMedia | RealMedia | Download Powerpoint Presentation

Preparedness WindowsMedia | RealMediaDownload Powerpoint Presentation

Response WindowsMedia| RealMedia  | Download Powerpoint Presentation
Recovery WindowsMedia | RealMedia | Download Powerpoint Presentation

Free Apps and Podcasts

Disaster Preparedness News

Android App—Find regularly updated news articles about governmental, community, and individual preparedness and response to natural or man-made disasters, both current and historical.


Emergency Kit Organizer

Android App—Use the Emergency Kit Organizer to manage your emergency kit. Store your list of purchased items and track expiration dates.


Emergency Radio

iPhone App—Emergency Radio is the original police scanner app offering the most extensive database of live police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, train, NOAA weather, Coast Guard, HAM radio, and other frequencies.


FEMA

Android App—Contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations and shelters, and more.


iMPrepared

iPad App—iMPrepared helps plan for disasters with one convenient app that includes a compass, flashlight, disaster RSS feeds, and a S.O.S. signal.


National Science Digital Library Weather and Health Podcast

Podcast—This course helps the general public understand how weather and climate affect health.


NFPA 1600 2007 Edition

Android App—Provides a foundation for disaster/emergency management planning and operations for organizations and protects public safety with updated best practices for disaster/emergency management endorsed by DHS.


Relief Central

Android App—Relief Central™ assists relief workers, first responders, and others called to serve in disaster relief situations around the world.


UCTV Emergency Preparedness Podcast

Podcast—UCTV delivers documentaries, faculty lectures, cutting-edge research symposiums and performances from each of the ten University of California campuses.


WeatherStation

iPad App—WeatherStation Free provides NOAA's official, real time weather information for the U.S. location of your choice (except Alaska).

Organizations and Agencies

Federal Organizations and Agencies

Non-governmental Associations and Organizations

Amateur Radio Disaster Services

A volunteer group of “ham radio” operators who will provide emergency communications as needed.


American Association of Poison Control Centers

A non-profit, national organization founded in 1958 that represents the poison control centers of the United States and the interests of poison prevention and treatment of poisoning. 


American College of Contingency Planners/American Academy of Medical Administrators

A professional healthcare organization focused on providing support and opportunity for those individuals who are in healthcare planning positions in contingency, emergency, and disaster response.


American Red Cross

An emergency response organization that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.


The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials

An international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.


The Association of State Floodplain Managers

An organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, and the National Flood Insurance Program, as well as flood preparedness, warning, and recovery.


Disaster Emergency and Response Association

Links professionals, volunteers, and organizations active in all phases of disaster preparedness and emergency management.


Disaster Recovery Institute International

Administers educational and certification program for qualified business continuity managers


International Association of Emergency Managers

A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles of emergency management and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.


International Association of Fire Chiefs

Represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; with members who are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy.


International Disaster Recovery Association

An association of users, researchers, educators, and vendors having a special interest in the voice, data, image, and sensory telecommunication aspects of contingency planning, business continuation, disaster recovery, and restoration.


The Mesothelioma Center

The Mesothelioma Center is dedicated to providing those who suffer from the asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma — also known as asbestos cancer — or from asbestos-related lung cancer, or who know someone who does, with the most up to date information and support. Asbestos.com serves as an advocacy center that provides hope and delivers quality resources and information for patients and loved ones coping with mesothelioma.


National Association of State EMS Directors

The lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal, and consistent EMS systems.


National Emergency Management Association

Dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security.


National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Provides comprehensive information on designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high-performing schools from early childhood and K-12 to higher education.


National Emergency Number Association

Serving its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues.


Western States Seismic Policy Council

Develops seismic policies and shares information to promote programs intended to reduce earthquake-related losses.


World Health Organization

The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

Federal Organizations and Agencies

Center for Domestic Preparedness

Provides hands-on specialized training to state and local emergency responders in the management and remediation of WMD incidents.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.


Citizen Corps

Coordinates volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.


Federal Bureau of Investigation

An intel-driven national security and law enforcement agency.


Federal Emergency Management Agency

Supports citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

FEMA identifies, develop, tests, and delivers training to state and local emergency responders principally through this consortium.


National Weather Service

Provides daily updates, including daily weather forecasts and severe storm warnings, and supports climate monitoring, fisheries management, coastal restoration, and marine commerce.


Ready.gov

A national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.


U.S. Department of Education Emergency Planning

Provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist acts.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Planning

Contains information that will assist emergency planners in all-hazards public health and medical emergency preparedness and response.


U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Secures the nation from the many threats we face.


U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Emergency Preparedness

Develops, implements and coordinates preparations for chemical and other emergencies.


U.S. Geological Survey

Provides policymakers and the public with a clear understanding of natural hazards and their potential threats to society, and assists with developing smart, cost-effective strategies for achieving preparedness and resilience.


White House Homeland Security

The President is committed to securing the homeland against 21st century threats by preventing terrorist attacks and other threats against our homeland, preparing and planning for emergencies, and investing in strong response and recovery capabilities.

Non-governmental Associations and Organizations

Amateur Radio Disaster Services

A volunteer group of “ham radio” operators who will provide emergency communications as needed.


American Association of Poison Control Centers

A non-profit, national organization founded in 1958 that represents the poison control centers of the United States and the interests of poison prevention and treatment of poisoning. 


American College of Contingency Planners/American Academy of Medical Administrators

A professional healthcare organization focused on providing support and opportunity for those individuals who are in healthcare planning positions in contingency, emergency, and disaster response.


American Red Cross

An emergency response organization that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.


The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials

An international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.


The Association of State Floodplain Managers

An organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, and the National Flood Insurance Program, as well as flood preparedness, warning, and recovery.


Disaster Emergency and Response Association

Links professionals, volunteers, and organizations active in all phases of disaster preparedness and emergency management.


Disaster Recovery Institute International

Administers educational and certification program for qualified business continuity managers


International Association of Emergency Managers

A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles of emergency management and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.


International Association of Fire Chiefs

Represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; with members who are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy.


International Disaster Recovery Association

An association of users, researchers, educators, and vendors having a special interest in the voice, data, image, and sensory telecommunication aspects of contingency planning, business continuation, disaster recovery, and restoration.


The Mesothelioma Center

The Mesothelioma Center is dedicated to providing those who suffer from the asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma — also known as asbestos cancer — or from asbestos-related lung cancer, or who know someone who does, with the most up to date information and support. Asbestos.com serves as an advocacy center that provides hope and delivers quality resources and information for patients and loved ones coping with mesothelioma.


National Association of State EMS Directors

The lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal, and consistent EMS systems.


National Emergency Management Association

Dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security.


National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Provides comprehensive information on designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high-performing schools from early childhood and K-12 to higher education.


National Emergency Number Association

Serving its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues.


Western States Seismic Policy Council

Develops seismic policies and shares information to promote programs intended to reduce earthquake-related losses.


World Health Organization

The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

Recommended Readings

The following articles, guides, and reports will help to identify more effective ways to prevent and mitigate emergencies, better ways to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and better ways to recover from them.

Featured Articles on Prevention-mitigation and Preparedness

These articles provide strategies, processes, and protocols to prepare the college or university for potential emergencies.


Response and Recovery Articles

These articles focus on taking action to effectively contain and resolve an emergency and the ongoing recovery process.


Response and Recovery Articles

These articles focus on taking action to effectively contain and resolve an emergency and the ongoing recovery process.


2011 Body of Knowledge Report

This report lists resources used in higher education for emergency planning or training.  The list is compiled by FEMA, is updated annually, and can be downloaded as a word or pdf document.


Building a Disaster-Resistant University

This FEMA document is the result of the combined experiences of six universities and colleges that have been working to become more disaster-resistant.


Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Health Care Systems Unit 5 Appendices

Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems. The Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM) at the George Washington University (GWU); for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Washington, D.C., June 2006. Available at http://www1.va.gov/emshg/.
The document is accessible through the VHA/EMSHG publications list at www.va.gov/emshg and through the ICDRM publications list at http://www.gwu.edu/~icdrm/index.html.


The Multi-Dimensional Nature of Emergency Communications Management

2009 Staman, EM, Katsouros, M and Hach R. (2009) Educause Review, January/February 2009:  49:63.


Organizing for Disasters

Reprinted from Anticipate, Respond, Recover by K. Joanne McGlown and Phillip D. Robinson (Health Administration Press 2011)


Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, 2007

The Guide is intended to give schools, districts, and communities the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices.


PubMed Articles - NIH

Find emergency preparedness articles featured on the NIH site. Use the filter on the right side to find free full text articles.


Strategic and Collaborative Crisis Management: A partnership approach to large-scale crisis

Timothy Mann. 2007. Strategic and Collaborative Crisis Management: A Partnership Approach to Large-Scale Crisis. Planning for Higher Education. 36(1): 54–64.

Training

Many of the following emergency preparedness training programs are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

Academic Emergency Management and Related Courses for the Higher Education Project

Find free college courses, textbooks, and materials.


Emergency Management for Schools Training

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) sponsors Emergency Management for Schools trainings to provide support to school staff and administrators interested in enhancing their preparedness efforts.


Center for Domestic Preparedness

Provides hands-on specialized training to state and local emergency responders in the management and remediation of WMD incidents.


Emergency Management Institute

Improves the competencies of the U.S. officials at all levels of government to: prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.


Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

A capabilities and performance-based exercise program, HSEEP provides a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.


National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

FEMA identifies, develop, tests, and delivers training to state and local emergency responders principally through this consortium.


National Incidence Management System (NIMS) Resource Center

This provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in managing emergency incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.


National Training and Education Division

Offers more than 150 courses to the first responder community to help build the critical skills needed to function effectively in mass consequence events. Instruction is offered at the awareness, performance, and management and planning levels.

Webinar: Emergency Management and Organizational Resilience in Higher Education: Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Adversity

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the GIP Professional Development Subcommittee held a webinar on emergency management and organizational resilience in higher education. You may use these links to access the webinar recording  and presentation slides  online.

Speaker:
Andre Le Duc
Associate Vice President and Chief Resilience Officer
Safety and Risk Services
University of Oregon

This webinar focused on an overview of emergency management in a higher education environment and highlighted the disaster phases: response, continuity, recovery, mitigation, and preparedness. It did so by highlighting the results of a national 2016 needs assessment of emergency management programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States. The findings were based on information collected from a survey of emergency management practitioners at IHEs, targeted interviews, and case studies. The findings identified five key themes related to emergency management program needs: institutional engagement, training and exercises, plans and operational continuity, staffing and resources, and partnerships and assistance. The session also looked at the core elements of organizational resilience and 13 key indicators to assess your institution's resilience.

Related Resources


Contact GIP Information Management Committee

Shawn Rosen-Holtzman
Director, Constituent Engagement
Telephone: (202) 828-0528
Email: srosenholtzman@aamc.org