The Emergency Management Plan is intended to establish policies, procedures and organizational structure for response to emergencies that are of a magnitude to cause a significant disruption of the functioning of all or portions of the University. This plan describes the roles and responsibilities of departments, schools, units and personnel during emergency situations. The basic emergency procedures are designed to protect lives and property through effective use of university and community resources. Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes.

     Through the use of annexes, this Emergency Management Plan addresses several specific types of emergencies on an individual basis, providing guidelines for the stabilization and recovery from the incident. These include emergency instructions and references in a concise format for the individuals designated to manage University resources.

     The NSU Emergency Management Plan is assembled according to the following philosophical framework regarding the intended process of handling emergency situations:


  • Prevent – identify anticipated emergency situations that are likely to happen on campus and take steps to prevent or mitigate the incident or its severity
  •  Prepare (Protect) – prepare in advance the expected response in order to protect people,  facilities and other NSU resources  
  • Respond – initiate intended responses upon onset of an emergency;  practice emergency  responses for specific emergency scenarios
  • Recover – return campus operations to normal as quickly as feasible following emergencies





This plan outlines the preparation, response and recovery of university personnel and resources for emergency situations. The Emergency Management Plan is consistent with established practices relating to coordination of emergency response actions. This plan incorporates the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to facilitate interagency coordination between responding agencies. The University will cooperate with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and other responders in the development, implementation and execution of its emergency response plans. Nothing in this plan shall be construed in a manner that limits the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of the plan.