Types of Emergencies/Levels of Response

In order to provide warnings and a comprehensive means to disseminate information, emergency situations will be assigned a condition by levels. “Emergency Conditions” increase as the risk of the threat increases; response would be as follows:

  1. Level 1 - Low/Guarded:  A minor incident is defined as a local event with limited impact, which does not affect the overall functional capability of the University. Planning and response is carried out at a limited local level. The Emergency Management Plan would not be activated; however, protective measures and essential personnel will be called in as needed.  Examples include: a trash can fire in a classroom, fumes coming from a chemistry lab or a vehicle on fire;
  2. Level 2 - Elevated Emergency:  An emergency is defined as a serious event that significantly disrupts one or more operations of the University. Multiple University resources are involved; implement Emergency Management Plan to the extent necessary.  Essential personnel will remain present on campus and / or called in until relieved by management. Examples include a building fire, people trapped in an elevator or explosion in a lab or maintenance shop;
  3. Level 3 - High/Severe Disaster:  A disaster is defined as a very serious event that seriously impairs or halts the operations of the University. The Emergency Management Plan is fully implemented.  Immediate response to call in and/or personnel will remain present on campus until relieved by University administration.  Examples include: a tornado hitting the main campus area, a gunman or shooting on campus, or boom threat.

Emergency Response Implementation CHART

Organizational Components

The University’s Emergency Management Plan consists of two major elements:

  • Emergency Management Team (EMT)
  • Emergency Operations Team (EOT)


  1. The Emergency Management Team (EMT). The Emergency Management Team (EMT) consists of the President of the University and senior management (Vice Presidents).  It also includes members who have been designated to serve as an EMT member.  These members include but not limited to: Campus Police Chief, Fire Chief, CITS and Facilities Management.  The EMT is responsible for developing the Emergency Response Guidelines, training EOT members and activating the EOT during an actual emergency or training exercise.  The EMT also will make evaluations during an emergency and take appropriate actions.
  2. The Emergency Operations Team (EOT). The Emergency Operations Team (EOT) is activated, based on the type and nature of the incident, to manage the operational aspects of the University’s response to an emergency event. The University Incident Commander heads the Emergency Operations Team. The Incident Commander has responsibility for overall management of the incident and must be fully qualified to manage the incident. The Sr. Vice President for Administration/CFO, has been trained in emergency response and has been designated as the University Incident Commander.  Members are responsible for ensuring that their functional area has a Critical Operations Plan and necessary resources to execute their plan.

The EOT consists of the following core members but may consist of additional supporting staff as necessary: 

  • At Least 1 Member of Senior Management
  • Chief of University Police Department
  • Fire Chief
  • Facilities Management
  • Purchasing
  • Housing Management
  • University Relations
  • Center for Information Technology Services (CITS)

The EOT may incorporate additional service from supporting organizations on or off campus. Those supporting groups may include the following:

  • Food Services Management
  • Director of Day Care Facilities
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Counseling Services
  • Claiborne County Emergency Management
  • MS Emergency Management (MSEMA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Agriculture