The purpose of CSUN’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) is to establish policies, procedures and an organizational structure for response to an emergency. In compliance with the State of California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the EOP is designed to provide optimal coordination between responding agencies, and to facilitate the rapid deployment of resources in the event of an emergency.
The CSUN EOP has five core goals:
- Ensure the safety and security of the faculty, staff, students and visitors.
- Minimize disruption of the academic program.
- Minimize university losses.
- Maintain university operations and essential services.
- Assist the community in disaster recovery.
With the complexity of a campus like CSUN, it requires participation of the entire community in an emergency. The Department/College Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) are an integral part of the overall emergency management program, and Departments/Colleges throughout the University are strongly encouraged to develop their own Emergency Action Plans for practical reasons. The EAP is a template that a college, division, and/or department may use to complete the Emergency Action Plan. Members of each department best understand the nature of their work, potential work place hazards, the layout of their facilities, and special needs specific to their Department. The EAP may be edited to suit the needs of the department and once completed, a copy of the EAP is to be sent to the Department of Police Services. Emergency Management.
Campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
In the event of an emergency the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated to manage and coordinate resources and personnel to make decisions and coordinate the flow of information and strategy required to deal effectively with an emergency.
- The EOC is where campus emergency management staff are deployed to coordinate the response to an emergency event impacting the campus, the deployment of campus emergency response teams, and any requests from or to the City/County EOCs, if needed.
- The EOP provides guidelines for the management and response to the disaster situation. All status reports and requests for assistance are forwarded to the EOC from Departments.
- The EOC is the central command and coordination point for disaster response.
CSUN has two EOCs. The primary EOC is located on the second floor of the Department of Police Services. The back-up EOC is located in at Physical Plant Management. University Police also have a mobile incident command center that can be activated for response to any incident and placed where ever needed on the campus.
The Criteria for Activation of the EOC are:
- Resources beyond University capabilities are required.
- The Emergency will be of long duration.
- Major policy decisions will or may be required.
- Local or stated emergency is declared.
- Activation of the EOC will be advantageous to the successful management of the emergency.