Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness provides for preparatory, orderly and coordinated operations in the event of an emergency resulting from major natural or man-made disasters, an act of war or terrorism. All MU departments, organizations, groups, building managers/supervisors, principal investigators, building coordinators and other building occupants have a responsibility to work together to "Be Prepared" and build a safer MU. The key to Emergency preparedness is planning and development before the emergency event.

Each of us needs to become more familiar with several key points and resources available within Individual Work Areas, Buildings and Work Groups, and the MU Campus.


Individual Work Area

Become familiar with and post the Emergency Procedure Poster (PDF) that is available through EHS (573) 882-7018. If you are in a laboratory, shop, mechanical room or area containing hazardous, radioactive, or biohazard materials - post a "Emergency Notification Sign" that identifies key work area contact personnel and hazards. This information helps emergency responders. EHS is working with various departments to establish an Emergency Notification Sign program on campus. A sign template will be available through EHS and EHS web site in the near future. For more information on Emergency Notification Signs, please contact EHS (573) 882-7018.

Identify critical equipment and operations that should not be left unattended within your work area. Assign primary and secondary on-site staff to shutdown critical equipment or operation prior to leaving in a building evacuation. Once per year, supervisors must review the work area evacuation plan and Building Specific Emergency Action Plan with all work area staff. Identification of evacuation alarm type, primary and secondary evacuation routes and assembly areas are key points to discuss. Foreign students may not be familiar with the 911 emergency number and other standard emergency procedures Americans take for granted. Review all emergency procedures with these individuals as soon as they start working with you. Make sure they understand what to do, who to call, and what to say in an emergency situation.


Emergency Information for Instructors to Present to Students

Instructors please share the following information with students at the beginning of each semester. It should only take 2-3 minutes to complete. This information will assist both instructors and students in the event an emergency occurs during a class.

Emergency Information For Students (pdf)


Building-Specific Emergency Action Plan

Building supervisors, occupants, and the building coordinators should develop, administer, and update a Building Specific Emergency Action Plan. The Building Specific Emergency Action Plan prepares building occupants to maximize the preservation of life, environment, property, and equipment.

The plan will cover, but not be limited to, emergency contact list & communication, delegation of responsibilities, evacuation notification system, emergency lighting and equipment, primary and secondary evacuation routes, assembly points, accounting for personnel, annual training/drill schedule, and specific emergency action plans.

EHS can provide each building team (building supervisors, occupants, and coordinators) the professional assistance, guidance, MU Operations Plan coordination, and approval. A Building Specific Action Plan Template and Guideslines have been developed to assist in the creation of Emergerncy Action Plans.


Update: March 2, 2018: The building specific emergency action plan template is being updated and will be posted by March 21, 2018.