The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emergency Management Plan

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is vulnerable to a number of natural and human-caused hazards that can affect University property and faculty, staff, students, and visitors that are present on campus. To effectively respond to these natural and human-caused crisis and/or disaster events, the university has adopted a Campus Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) to guide response efforts. The priorities for this plan are to:

  1. Protect lives,

  2. Stabilize the incident,

  3. Minimize environmental and property damage, and

  4. Continue critical services to customers.

This plan also strives to meet National Incident Management System-Incident Command System (NIMS-ICS) requirements as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The use of NIMS ICS enables this response plan to coordinate effectively with other jurisdictions involved in a response, such as the Amherst Police Department, the Amherst Fire Department, and State Agencies.

The purpose of the Campus Emergency Management Plan is to outline the management structure, responsibilities, procedures, and guiding policies to assist the University when responding to an emergency event. Department specific plans and Standard Operating Procedures are meant to complement and coordinate overall efforts while providing more depth and specific detail regarding department-level response.


This is the portal to the EOC Team Sharepoint site, containing relevant emergency management and business continuity plans and documents.

Note that this page is for EOC Team members and may be accessed by authorized users only. Please contact Jeffrey Hescock if you require permission to the site.