Washington State University

Executive Policy #25
Approved December 8, 2010

Executive Policy on Emergency Management and Safety Plans

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Washington State University is committed to comprehensive emergency management and public safety planning to encompass all campuses, research stations, and other facilities throughout the state. Emergency plans are to be structured so they can be implemented with emergency management programs of federal, state and local jurisdictions when needed. The principal functions of emergency and public safety plans and procedures are to protect students, faculty, staff, visitors and animals from natural and human-caused emergency or dangerous events; to safeguard critical infrastructure, facilities, environment, essential records, and research; and to facilitate resumption of operations as soon as practicable. Development, adoption, and administration of the structure and guidelines for emergency and public safety plans and the policies to implement or support such plans are the responsibility of the Vice President for Business and Finance.

The primary guidance and policies for preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of major emergency situations are contained in the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan must include policies, plans, and procedures that support the University's ability to manage a wide range of potential natural and human-caused emergent situations. Following the same format, regional campuses adapt the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to meet their specific capabilities and needs. Within a common structure and guidelines, all campuses, colleges, divisions, departments, units, and offices are to prepare Emergency Response Plans and Continuance of Operations Plans specific to their needs. See BPPM 50.39.

Emergency Management Plans are to be consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for the management of all significant emergency incidents on WSU campuses and facilities in the state. NIMS is to be incorporated into all emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation documents and guidelines. Use of NIMS also provides for a smooth integration of University emergency operations with those of local, community, county, state, and federal emergency operations as needed. Appropriate personnel within the University are to train, exercise, and utilize the emergency management principles as outlined in NIMS.

The primary guidance and policies for public safety responsibilities at each campus is the Campus Safety Plan. Each Plan must include, but is not limited to, the safety elements required by state and federal campus safety laws, including policies and procedures required by the Clery Act, as amended, and its implementing regulations, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and RCW 28B.10.569. Within the common structure and guidelines developed by the Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance, each campus is to develop, and annually publish and distribute by October 1, a comprehensive Campus Safety Plan, which includes the Annual Security/Fire Report required by the Clery Act, specific to the campus and respective constituencies.