Emergency Planning


This page explains how the University approaches emergency planning, and contains copies of publicly-available planning materials.

The Planning Process

Planning is one of the foundations of the emergency preparedness cycle. Plans formalize the efforts conducted by many stakeholders to accomplish the goals of preventing, preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from significant events. The University utilizes the planning process contained in the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. This document helps ensure plans are comprehensive, collaborative, and timely.

Step Objective Action Items
One Form a Collaborative Planning Team
  • Identify Core Planning Team
  • Form a Common Framework
  • Define and Assign Roles and Responsibilities
  • Determine a Regular Schedule of Meetings
Two Understand the Situation
  • Identify Threats and Hazards
  • Assess Risk
  • Prioritize Threats and Hazards
Three Determine Goals and Objectives
  • Develop Goals
  • Develop Objectives
Four Plan Development
  • Identify Courses of Action
Five Plan Preparation, Review, and Approval
  • Format the Plan
  • Write the Plan
  • Review the Plan
  • Approve and Share the Plan
Six Plan Implementation and Maintenance
  • Train Stakeholders
  • Exercise the Plan
  • Review, Revise, and Maintain the Plan

Types of Emergency Plans

There are many types of emergency planning efforts. Spme common plans include:

  • Emergency Operations Plans, which explain response efforts
  • Continuity of Operations Plans or Business Continuity Plans, which detail how to recover after an event
  • Preparedness Plans, which contain the information that guides the preparedness activities
  • Training and Exercise Plan, which outlines how emergency plans are tested and revised
  • Hazard Mitigation Plans, which identifies and prioritizes mitigation projects

Organizations may select the most appropriate types of plans for their use. They may also combine plans together or may rename plans to best suit their individual needs.

Plan Updates and Revisions

Because there are so many types of plans, all of which are related, most organizations employ a phased approach to planning. Plans undergo small maintenance on an annual basis to check for things like name changes, confirm contact information, or other minor updates. Large overhauls and updates to plans, which can take as long as 24 months to accomplish, occur on a rotating basis, generally on a five or six year schedule. To accommodate the resources required for large overhauls, usually only one or two plans are in major revision at any given time. The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management is responsible for ensuring the University’s emergency plans are revised and up-to-date.

Copies of Plan Documents

Emergency plans, unless specifically stated otherwise, are considered sensitive/secure documents and are proprietary to the institution for which they are drafted. The currently available plans are:

To request additional public versions of Gonzaga University emergency plans not listed here, please contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management at by email or at (509) 313-6358.