University Disaster Planning Resources

Many federal, local and state agencies, as well as associations in higher education and emergency resource planning, have information on their websites that can be valuable when developing emergency management plans at the university level. Here are some helpful resources to consider:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.” By providing research, best practices, training, and toolkits, FEMA.gov would be a great first stop for universities as they consider disaster planning. Here are some specific highlights to reference:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC website includes a wealth of information about emergencies ranging from disease outbreak to natural disasters. Information found here to help universities plan for a wide range of emergencies and the varying response levels needed.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) 
The NCEF website provides a list of papers and research relating to disaster planning and management of specific disaster events. In addition, the site also provides links to toolkits that can aid in university disaster planning.

United States Department of Education
ED.gov provides information on a wide array of educational topics, but also offers insights that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist acts.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
SCUP provides a collection of its own publications on disaster management, as well as a list of resources for universities to consider as they develop disaster plans.

State & Local Agencies
Your state or county/city usually offers a section of its government website dedicated to health or emergency planning. Use your local government’s department of health services or office of emergency services as you build-out a comprehensive disaster plan.