Critical Incident Response Plan

Western Michigan University has a Critical Incident Response Planning Committee that meets monthly to discuss emergency planning.

Based on an all-hazards approach, a comprehensive set of guidelines was developed to provide emergency management response and recovery should a critical incident occur at WMU.

The plan includes two main groups:

  1. The chief executive officer (president) and the Critical Incident Policy Group (vice presidents).
  2. The Emergency Operations Center, comprised of the following six teams.
    • Academic support
    • Damage assessment
    • Human services
    • Logistical support
    • Public information
    • Public safety

Each team also has specific emergency-action guidelines that include checklists of actions to consider, emergency contact information and additional reference materials. As a living document, emergency action guidelines are continually reviewed and updated.

Learn more about disaster exercises and related Kalamazoo County and American Red Cross resources.

The WMU Hotline at (269) 387-1001 and the Western Michigan University home page are WMU's official sources for information on WMU closings due to weather or campus emergencies.