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Emergency Operations Plan

The University of Richmond Emergency Operations Plan provides for emergency operations in response to any type of disaster or large-scale emergency affecting the University of Richmond.  Because an emergency may occur with little or no warning, it is designed to be flexible to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes.  It assigns duties and responsibilities to departments for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. It also provides the framework within which more detailed emergency plans and procedures can be developed and maintained.  Activation of this plan reduces the vulnerability of people and property to disaster, and establishes a means to respond effectively to actual disasters or threats of disasters or emergencies.

Components of the Emergency Operations Plan

The Basic Plan, using an all-hazards approach to incident management, describes the concepts and structures of response and recovery operation; identifies departments with primary and support emergency management functions; and defines emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery duties and responsibilities. There are 7 appendices to the Plan that give definition to the terms and acronyms used throughout the Plan, and provide supporting figures, maps, and forms. 

The Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) detail the mission, policies, structures and responsibilities of University units/departments/divisions for coordinating response and recovery activities during an emergency situation.  The University has many units/departments/divisions within its organizational structure.  For simplicity of referencing, all units/departments/divisions are referred to as departments.

Support Annexes address those functions that are applicable to every type of incident and that provide support for all ESFs. They describe the framework through which departments, volunteer organizations and nongovernmental organizations coordinate and execute the common functional processes and administrative requirements necessary to ensure efficient and effective incident management.

Incident Annexes address contingency or hazard situations requiring specialized response and recovery procedures. They describe policies, situations, concepts of operations and responsibilities pertinent to incidents such a hurricane or infectious illness.