Office of Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management


The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management (EPRM) is a department that addresses global risk to the University. This can come from financial risk, reputational risk, physical and environmental risk or exposure to facilities concerns. EPRM addresses four specific areas of risk management services. These include; insurance and legal issues, program risk review, business continuity planning and a specific program related to the Universities Emergency Response Planning. Our main objective is to prevent and mitigate risks and if necessary respond and recover from them.

Program Risk Review:

  • Enterprise Risk Management Program
  • Facilities Inspection and Reporting
  • Faculty New Program Review
  • Foreign Travel
  • Gonzaga in Florence/Study Abroad - FLSA
  • Intercollegiate Sports
  • Off-Campus Activities/Events
  • Risk Assessment and Evaluation
  • Risk Management Committee
  • Risk Management Guidelines
  • Sports Camps
  • Student Activities/Events
  • Travel/Vehicle Use Procedures

Insurance and Legal Issues:

  • Background Checks - Students/Visitors
  • Claims Management
  • Cyber Security Incident Coordination
  • Educational and Training Resources
  • Exposure Reviews and Audits
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis
  • Insurance Guidelines
  • Insurance Renewal Process
  • Program Reviews
  • Trustee Legal Committee
  • University PCAC Committee

The Risk Management Question

"All activity has inherent risks. The question is: How are you going to identify, assess and manage that risk? Will you avoid, mitigate, transfer, or embrace it?" 

Emergency Response Planning:

Emergency Preparedness Program Administration

  • Emergency Management Committee Chair
  • Collaborative Planning Team Chair
  • Emergency Operations Plan
  • Class Cancellation and School Closure Procedures

Training and Exercise Program

  • ICS and NIMS Training Effort
  • Drills and Exercises
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Supervisor Training

ZagReady Program

  • Preparedness Workshops for Staff, Faculty, and Students
  • ZagAlert
  • Sever Weather Alerts Group

Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Participates in Spokane Area Emergency Preparedness Working Group for Institutions of Higher Education

Business Continuity Planning:

Business Continuity Plans and Procedures (Contributes to Business Impact)

  • Analysis (BIA)
  • Evaluates University-Wide Continuity Planning Efforts

Campus Partnerships

  • Collaborates with Continuity Planning for Vendors
  • Guides Development of Continuity Practices for Departments

Community Partnerships

  • Build Partnerships with other Universities and Colleges for Resiliency
  • Participate in Regional continuity Workgroups and Exercises

Training and Exercises

  • Integrates BCP Training with Preparedness Efforts
  • Teaches Resiliency and Recovery Elements in Training

The Preparedness Cycle graphic shows the continuous, cyclical application of the following steps: Plan, Organize and Equip, Train, Exercise, Evaluate and Improve, then begin again with Plan.

Emergency Preparedness

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) defines preparedness as "a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response."

This 'preparedness cycle' is one element of a broader Gonzaga Emergency Preparedness program designed to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risks and threats facing Gonzaga University.

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502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-6139