4.2-4 Emergency Response Plan

Introduction/Purpose

The purpose of the Emergency Response Plan is to establish the policy, procedure and organizational structure necessary to respond to, control and recover from emergency situations. The plan contains clear strategies and roles played by various departments during the initial response and throughout the emergency.  

Providing a safe environment for employees to work and students to learn is a primary concern of the Saginaw Valley State University administration and campus community. Critical to providing a safe and healthy environment is being knowledgeable about what to do in the event of an emergency. The priorities of any emergency response are life safety, incident isolation, property protection, and the minimal interruption of business operations. Planning and being prepared is a shared responsibility. 

This Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is designed to establish a framework for Saginaw Valley State University to respond effectively and safely to an emergency. This includes assessing an emergency situation, coordinating a response effort, and most importantly, ensuring that individuals are informed, safely evacuated or sheltered, and accounted for with reasonable assurance. The plan, an all-hazards approach to emergency response, uses a conceptual and management structure that applies the same set of management arrangements to deal with all types of hazards. This approach focuses on the development of capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of man-made or natural disasters, regardless of the cause. 

This plan incorporates regulatory requirements concerning the development and implementation of a campus emergency plan into one meaningful and usable document. This plan shall act as the Saginaw Valley State University contingency plan and is compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 

Although this emergency response planning document is comprehensive in nature, it is the policy of SVSU that no guarantee of a perfect response system is implied in this plan. As personnel and resources may be overwhelmed, SVSU can only endeavor to make every reasonable effort to respond based on the situation, resources, and information available at the time. 

Scope

This action plan applies to all occupants of facilities and grounds on the main campus (7400 Bay Road) of Saginaw Valley State University. 

Plan Review and Amendments

The Campus Emergency Response Plan will be periodically reviewed, maintained and updated by the Chief of University Police and the Environmental Health and Safety Director. The frequency of the plan review will be determined as follows: 

  • An annual review will determine if significant changes to the facilities, personnel, operations, or materials used and stored have occurred to such a degree that change and amendment of the action plan are necessary.
  • A review will also be completed when significant changes occur in facilities design, construction, operation, or maintenance, which increase the potential for fire, explosion, releases of hazardous material or the response necessary if an emergency occurs.
  • An amendment will be made if the emergency response personnel or their responsibilities change.

The effectiveness of the plan will be reviewed following an emergency that requires implementing the plan. The University Police and the Environmental Health and Safety Department shall coordinate the review of the plan implementation following such an emergency. Other SVSU planning and response related documents and programs include the following:

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
  • Bio-Hazardous Waste Management
  • Bloodborne Infectious Diseases Exposure Control Plan
  • AED Management Program
  • Accident and Injury Incident Report Form

Employees should check with their supervisor or department head for specific emergency planning and response documents or call lists developed for their area/department.

 

Adopted 05/01/90 VP-ABA
Revised 12/10/01 VP-ABA
Revised 09/09/14 EVP-ABA