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.

MU subscribes to a mass notification system to help expedite communications with the campus community in the event of an emergency. All MU employees should access the registration site to make sure that their contact information is up to date. (You will need your Pawprint and Pawprint password to access the site.) Students can access the registration site by logging onto myZou, going to "Self Service", then "Campus Personal Information" and then "Phone Numbers."


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. An Interim Emergency Sign Template is currently available. 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 using the template below. The Building Specific Emergency Action Plan prepares building occupants to maximize the preservation of life, environment, property, and equipment.

The plan covers emergency contact lists & communication, delegation of responsibilities, evacuation notification system, emergency lighting and equipment, primary and secondary evacuation routes, assembly points, accounting for personnel, for a wide variety of emergencies.

EHS is available to provide assistance in the completion of the template. Professional evacuation plans will be generated with a team from Space Planning & Management and EHS. Building Coordinators will be contacted by MU's Assistant Fire Marshal when he is ready to tour your building and draw up the evacuation routes. Buildings have been prioritized based on occupancy and location. The Fire Marshal's visit will be scheduled with the corresponding Building Coordinator.

Emergency Action Plan Template (Revised April 2020 - ADA Compliant)

EAP  Template

Instructions for Completing Emergency Action Plan Template

The following will help you complete the EAP Template. The EAP template should be treated as a living document that requires periodic update to ensure all information is correct. The EAP template requires the use of Microsoft Office.

Main Body of Template
  • On the opening page, insert the Building Name in the Title.
  • On section 1.a.i, select one means of fire notification that apply.
  • On section 1.a.ii, insert the primary and secondary assembly point.
Appendix A: Maps including Emergency Evacuation Route
  • EHS will generate the Evacuation Plans per a schedule that will be determined by the order of completed EAP templates submitted to EHS. EHS will post the completed EAP and evacuation routes electronically, separate from each other for easy access.
  • EHS will insert the link for electronic copies. You should not alter this field.
Appendix B: Emergency Contacts & Duty Information
  • Enter the name and contact information for the Building Coordinator and at least one other person. (This information will not be shared with the public.)
  • List all departments in your building and include contact information as requested. (This information will not be shared with the public.)
Appendix C: Zone /Floor Monitor Contact Information

Use this appendix if the size of your building requires dividing the building into zones to assist occupants in the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan. (This appendix should be viewed as a tool. It is not mandatory.)

  • Provide a brief description of each monitor’s area of responsibility. For example, the west wing of the 2nd floor, or the entire 3rd floor.
Appendix D: Part 1 – Guidance Regarding Persons Needing Assistance During an Emergency
  • No action required
Appendix D: Part 2 – Emergency Evacuation Planning Checklist

Use this checklist as a guide to address the emergency procedure needs for persons needing assistance in an emergency.

Appendix D: Part 3 – Occupant Identification

Use this appendix to list the name, location, phone number, and type of assistance needed for each person needing assistance during an emergency. (This part should be viewed as a tool. It is not mandatory.)

  • Enter the type of assistance needed and the name and phone number of the volunteer evacuation assistance.

Instructions for Sending your Completed EAP to EHS

After completing your building EAP, email the finished document to ehs@missouri.edu