Our Plan

One measure of an organization's strength is its ability to respond well in an emergency. Since not every scenario can be predicted, an emergency response plan must be able to quickly adapt to events as they unfold. The University of West Georgia’s Emergency Management Basic Plan is an “all hazards” plan that designates areas of responsibility and defines for the University of West Georgia the framework necessary to respond to emergencies. It is imperative that individual departments develop response plans for unique situations under their purview. The university response needs to be quick, professional, supportive, and meet the emerging demands of any special event, incident, emergency, and disaster or crisis situation.

Knowing the Hazards

We are constantly evaluating threats or hazards that may affect our campus.  These hazards drive planning, preparedness, training and exercises.

Hazard and Threat Analysis

We are constantly evaluating the hazards to our campus and developing plans and procedures to respond to those hazards.  By understanding the risks UWG faces, we can work to ensure that we have the training, experience, and equipment to respond to those threats.  West Georgia's biggest threat is severe weather.  UWG coordinates our efforts with the National Weather Service, Counties and Cities.  Despite all of our efforts, the most effective preparedness approach is personal preparedness.  Understanding how to keep yourself safe, some basic knowledge and equipment can make a huge difference in an emergency.  FEMA's Ready.Gov Website is an excellent resource for understanding how to prepare for disasters.  UWG EM also provides individual preparedness training on campus and provides guidance during events through our Alerting System (LiveSafe App).


UWG EM is responsible for development and maintenance of the University Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP).  UWG EM can also provide emergency planning support for any UWG organization to include development of event plans, response plans, standard operating procedures, continuity planning or any other emergency planning need.  All plans are developed to be integrated in the training and exercise cycle to ensure organizations are familiar with their plans, have used them prior to an emergency, and that plans are kept up to date.

The plan has four major sections:

  1. Executive Authority;
  2. Situations & Assumptions, including the Levels of Emergency Response;
  3. Concept of Operations, which defines the Phases of an Emergency;
  4. Organization & Assignment of Responsibilities;

UWG Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)