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, Emergency Services Division, 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.

Campus Risks

A risk assessment has determined that the University may be vulnerable to the following: 

  • Natural Hazards: Severe 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.

Business Continuity Planning

Northwestern University’s business continuity planning efforts are coordinated, facilitated, and overseen by Northwestern’s Business Continuity Planning Office.   At Northwestern, we recognized Business Continuity is a shared responsibility across the institution and community.  All Northwestern administrative, academic, and research areas are responsible for developing a business continuity plan in an effort to minimize the impact caused by an interruption of operations.  For more information regarding plan development and Northwestern University’s Business Continuity Program, visit the NU Business Continuity Planning Office website at http://www.northwestern.edu/bcp/.

All Hazards Emergency Procedures

For information on immediate emergency procedures for different types of events, see the All Hazards Emergency Procedures flyer.