Emergency Management Plan
Alcorn State University’s Emergency Management Plan was developed to provide to students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors information about emergency procedures to be employed in the event of a disaster―either natural or human-caused.
It is essential that one familiarize themselves with the various types of emergency situations. ASU's Emergency Management Plan describes procedures for how best to respond to emergencies that can be catastrophic and/or disruptive to University operations.
The plan also describes roles and responsibilities of department personnel and individuals should an emergency occur. These procedures are designed to protect lives and property through effective development of University resources.
Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various magnitudes of disasters.
The University will respond to an emergency situation in a safe, effective and timely manner. University personnel and equipment will be utilized to accomplish the following priority order:
Priority 1: Life Safety
Priority 2: Property Conservation
Priority 3: Incident Stabilization
This Emergency Management Plan is predicated on a realistic approach to the problems likely to be encountered during a major emergency or disasters. While the incidents of emergencies at Alcorn State University have been minimal over the years and limited primarily to tornado watches, and/or potential hurricanes, the University maintains a posture of preparedness for the “unlikely” occurrence of the “most likely” emergencies. Alcorn State University understands that disasters can happen anytime. The key to a successful recovery is planning ahead and taking the necessary steps to prevent and minimize risk.
The following assumptions are made and should be used as general guidelines in such an event:
- An emergency or a disaster may occur at any time of the day or night, weekend, or holiday, with little or no warning;
- The succession of events in an emergency or disaster is not predictable; therefore, published operational plans, such as this, should serve only as a guide and a checklist, and may require modifications in order to meet the requirements of the emergency;
- An emergency or a disaster may be declared if information indicates that such conditions are developing or probable. Disasters may be community-wide. Therefore it is necessary for the University to prepare for and carry out disaster response and short-term recovery operations in conjunction with local resources, and
- Since Alcorn State University is a registered municipality, provisions have to be made to encompass members of the surrounding community as an emergency shelter area. The Gymnasiums, dormitories and other facilities may be requested and/or required (if available) to support survivors of local, state and federal emergencies.
Print the Emergency Management Plan.