Some of the plans listed on this page are password protected and access to them is restricted to authorized personnel due to the sensitive information within them. The material inside these password protected documents is for response personnel only. This sensitive information is not for public viewing. General guidance and educational information regarding preparedness plans for the Loyola community has been, and will continue to be, shared through other channels.
The navigation links to the left (or below) take you to pages that highlight various plans within the Office of Emergency Management that attempt to collectively build a prepared campus. Planning itself is a critical component to making it possible to manage the entire life cycle of a potential crisis.
The plans, processes and procedures specified in the plans listed below are critically dependent upon the Emergency Management Team’s ability to execute their responsibilities.
Annexes to the Emergency Operations Plan include several threat specific plans. These plans address several specific responses that are both man-made and naturally ocurring. These plans address situations such as:
The Emergency Management Team (EMT) is a function of the Office of Emergency Management and was established to assist in the coordination of all campus preparedness and response activities. The EMT is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of leaders from various operations and departments across the campus. These include members from Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, Loyola University Police, Mission and Ministry, Physical Plant, President's Office, Public Affairs, Risk Management, Student Affairs, and other subject matter experts as needed. The EMT meets regularly to (among others): 1) review/evaluate protocols and gaps; 2) undergo specific trainings reagrding various aspects of the emergency management field; and 3) Conduct response exercises over exisiting plans. Together, these steps ultimately lead to a more prepared campus.
Resulting from, among others, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, titled “Management of Domestic Incidents,” and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (now Presidential Policy Directive 8), titled “National Preparedness,” a chain reaction of strategies began the attempt to further create a culture of preparedness across the nation.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS), created via these directives in concert with the National Response Framework (NRF), defines preparedness as "a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response." This 'preparedness cycle' is one element of a broader National Preparedness System to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
A critical component of preparedness is to establish and maintain relations with local response agencies and stakeholders. In doing so, the Office of Emergency Management works closely with other institutions of higher education across the metro-area, local 1st responders and the City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness as well as the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Office of Public Health in order to ensure threat identification and response protocols are clearly aligned and coordinated with outside agencies and stakeholders.
The strategies under NIMS and the NRF, including the Incident Command System (ICS), which was established as the response structure itself, have been adopted by Institutions of Higher Education across the country. Loyola University New Orleans is certainly no exception. Under the Office of Emergency Management and the EMT, Loyola University New Orleans continues to develop and maintain preparedness plans, placing campus safety as a top priority for everyone.
Please visit the Office of Emergency Management homepage for more information.