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Emergency Preparedness

The College of William and Mary is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, faculty, employees and visitors to learn, teach, work and enjoy our beautiful campus and all it offers.  In pursuit of that goal the College takes a comprehensive approach to protecting the College community and preparing for any emergency. Although a university campus is among the safest places you can be, we work every day to make our campus safer.  This site provides you with the information you need to familiarize yourself with emergency planning at the College and to prepare yourself in case of an emergency.

The ability to deal with any incident depends on good communication. The College is committed to informing the community of an emergency, disaster or potential disaster immediately upon determining the nature of the emergency.  Using the College's emergency notification systems, the Emergency Management Team will immediately notify the campus community of a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation that presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of the community.

Below are a few terms you should know.

Emergency Management Course

This training is intended to provide an introduction to the elements of emergency management for your workplace and home.  It will cover why emergency preparedness is impoortant to you; the various types of risks, hazards and vulnerabilities; different phases of Emergency Management and how you are involved in each; emergency communications; and additional resources available to you. 

Emergency Management Team

The College of William and Mary's Emergency Management Team is responsible for overall coordination of the College's emergency preparedness efforts. The Emergency Management Team operates under the authority of the President of the College and is chaired by the Vice President for Administration. The Team is responsible for the planning and execution of emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Emergency Response Plan

The Emergency Response Plan establishes policies, procedures and an organizational structure for response to emergencies that cause or have the potential to cause significant disruptions to all or portions of the College.  This plan describes the roles and responsibilities of departments, schools, units and personnel during emergency situations.

Continuity of Operations Plan

The Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is designed to mitigate the effects of a man-made or natural disaster that may affect a single building or operation, a significant portion of the campus, the entire campus, or the region. This plan covers all College operations, departments, and service areas including contracted operations.  It is designed to provide plans for the full range of potential emergencies.

Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan

The Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan is intended to ensure the continued operation of the College by providing the ability to successfully recover IT services in the event that a disaster occurs and impacts IT services. This Disaster Recovery Plan is a comprehensive document containing the necessary instruction, policies, organization, and information required for the College to be prepared for, respond to, and recover from an emergency that would affect our computer services.

Building Emergency Coordinator Program

The Building Emergency Coordinator Program involves building occupants in emergency planning and response and addresses the unique needs of specific buildings.  Building Emergency Coordinators are the conduit for the information flow between the Emergency Management Team and the occupants of the facility.

Emergency Communications Protocol

The Emergency Communications Protocol is an established set of procedures for the use of the College's emergency notification systems.  These systems are designed to provide critical information and instructions to the community during an emergency.  Emergency Communications Plan

The College's emergency plans are dynamic and are continuously reviewed and updated to incorporate best practices as they emerge. Please take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the plans and information provided here.

And remember -- stay connected, stay alert, ask questions, and take care of each other.