Iowa State University has an Emergency Operations Plan that covers essential university operations during a significant emergency or disaster. Implementing this plan will reduce or prevent the loss of life and damage to property. No one can predict when a disaster might happen or how severe it will be, but it is prudent to plan for one.

Department/unit emergency plan

Departments or units should each have an emergency plan that details the functions in their area that must continue if the university suspends activities and closes for an extended period. The emergency plan should be updated at least annually. Key elements of the department plan should be:

  • Leadership succession
  • Essential personnel and operational functions
  • Communication and information management plans
  • Key internal and external dependencies
  • Recovery plan