The Emergency Services Division’s primary role is to:
- Prepare and maintain the University’s Emergency Response Framework in accordance with Northwestern policy and procedures
- Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local directives.
The Director of Emergency Management serves as a technical advisor to the Crisis Management Teams and manages the Emergency Operations Centers when activated during emergency situations in addition to training staff in emergency policy and procedures.
Other duties include:
- Assisting campus departments with development of emergency plans.
- Developing emergency campus response and recovery support annexes.
- Managing campus warning and notification systems.
- Participating in mitigation and preparedness programs, plans and projects.
A risk assessment has determined that the University may be vulnerable to the following:
- Natural Hazards: Serve thunderstorms; tornados; high winds; winter storms; heavy rains; hail; flooding; extreme temperatures.
- Technological/ Infrastructure Disruptions: Fires, explosions, or hazardous material incidents; building collapse; failure of telecommunications, information systems or affiliated technologies; elevator malfunctions; utility service interruption of gas, water, electricity, sewer or heat.
- Terrorist Incidents: Bomb threats; campus shooters; hostage situations; sabotage; cyber-terrorism.
- Human-caused Events and Hazards: Civil disturbances; labor stoppages; workplace violence; special event and transportation incidents.
The Emergency Response Framework details University procedure for handling these risks.