Crisis and Emergency Management Plan

Radford University is vulnerable to a variety of hazards such as flash flooding, river flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, tornadoes, hazardous materials transportation incident (rail and vehicular), resource shortages, infectious disease, and terrorism. The University is also vulnerable to technological incidents such as power outages and human-caused hazards such as a cyber-attack. To respond effectively to any emergency of a size or complexity beyond routine response systems, it is critical that all Radford University faculty, staff, and students; City of Radford public officials; regional, city; and state departments and agencies; and non-governmental emergency organizations understand their roles and responsibilities.  These non-routine responsibilities begin as the incident is recognized and response ensues.  These responsibilities become particularly important as command organizes beyond the initial reactive phase of first responders.

To address these hazards, Radford University developed this Crisis and Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), formerly known as the Emergency Operation Plan.  The CEMP provides the University with flexible, scalable, “all-hazards” guidance, which is applicable to all phases of emergency management.  The CEMP is compatible with the National Response Framework and provides the structure for coordinating with local jurisdictions and external emergency response agencies.

Companion documents to the CEMP include, but are not limited to, departmental/university-wide Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) and the Radford University Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  Each of these documents are distinct, complementary plans that together provide a foundation for Radford University’s approach to emergency management.

In concert with companion plans, exercises, training, and outreach, the CEMP substantially enhances Radford University’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, prevent, and mitigate against all hazards.  A component of the Radford University’s emergency management program, the CEMP also assists in continuing to build a culture of preparedness and resiliency throughout the University community.

Radford University Crisis and Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) provides all-hazard guidance intended to preserve life, protect property, and contain an incident, emergency, or event on campus in order to continue the University’s mission.  The CEMP establishes incident organization to direct and control operations by assigning broad responsibilities to specific entities for disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.  These responsibilities are generally extensions of normal, day-to-day functions involving the same resources.  The CEMP also provides the framework within which more detailed emergency plans and procedures can be developed and maintained. 

This plan does not supersede or replace the procedures for safety, hazardous materials response, or other procedures that are already in place. Rather, it supplements those procedures with an organizational structure that provides for the immediate focus of management on response operations and the early transition to recovery operations.

The CEMP is based on the situation, risk assessment, capability assessment, mitigation overview, and planning assumptions presented in this section.

For questions or comments regarding the Crisis and Emergency Management Plan, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 540-831-6696 or