About Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management at Loyola is responsible for continually enhancing and improving the university's preparedness for emergency situations and to coordinating emergency response to all major emergencies.

Please read the Emergency Management Bulletins published by the office for more information about the preparedness and coordination efforts within the office.

Mission

To enhance the preparedness and resiliency of our university by coordinating and integrating activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural or man-made disasters.”

What does the Office of Emergency Management do?

The office works closely with all university departments, directs the Emergency Management Team, and is responsible for managing university-wide emergency preparedness and business continuity programs, including management of the university’s Emergency Operations Plan, guidance and training related to incident- and site-specific response plans, continual impact analysis and planning, assisting the university community with strategic and emergency planning, assessment of response efforts, and providing training in emergency response and business continuity to the university community.

Additionally, the Office:

  1. Coordinates with federal and other emergency management authorities to continually enhance Loyola’s emergency plans, ensuring plan compliance with changing regulations and best practices.
  2. Consults with Loyola community to assist with individual and department-level emergency response and business continuity planning.
  3. Conducts relevant training of university employees and students.
  4. Conducts table-top and emergency response/recovery drills.
  5. Performs needs assessments to identify personnel, supply, service and equipment needs for various emergency and disaster response scenarios.
  6. Assists in the preparation of operational budget and capital requests to support emergency preparedness efforts.

The Office of Emergency Management emphasizes a cross-departmental, multi-disciplinary approach to emergency management to help ensure that the Loyola community identifies opportunities to mitigate risk and prevent loss, as well as establish recovery and continuity strategies for all types of events. This is embodied within the Emergency Management Team, which is comprised of personnel across the university and is charged with, among others, drafting preparedness plans. Engaging in such a coordinated emergency management approach provides the campus with a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced vulnerability to future crisis and disaster incidents
  • Campus-wide comprehensive protection of life, property, essential services, and critical facilities
  • Diminished post-disaster economic hardship for the campus
  • Reduced short-term and long-term recovery to potential campus interruptions
  • Quicker resumption of all Loyola operations