Emergency Operations Plan
The purpose of The University of South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan (USC EOP) is to establish policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities and a structural response to a major threat or disastrous event. The USC EOP incorporates operating procedures from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) for handling emergencies that could impact USC’s campus and the Carolina community. Developed in March of 2004, NIMS establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders use to respond to disasters and hazardous events.
The USC EOP acts as a strategic plan, providing the administrative procedures necessary to cope with most campus emergencies. It assigns roles and responsibilities to departments and units that are responsible for handling emergencies and providing support services, and provides structure for utilizing resources.
Emergency Notification System Plan
Emergency notification is a process used to inform people about dangerous situations that may have a serious impact on safety and health. Notifying individuals of dangerous situations or threats allows them to avoid the situation or take action to protect themselves and the people around them if leaving is not an option.
The Emergency System Notification Plan (ENS) is a summary of the methods used by USC Emergency Management and other campus partners to notify the campus community of a threat or hazardous situation rapidly and through multiple channels of communication. The plan emphasizes redundant forms of notification. Some notification methods in the plan are passive in that no prior action is needed on the part of the community member. Several methods of alert and notification, however, require students, faculty and staff to register for a service. Many efforts are made through orientation, training, and awareness campaigns to encourage the Carolina community to register for these methods of notification.