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:
- The chief executive officer (president) and the Critical Incident Policy Group (vice presidents).
- 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.