Assumptions are facts, events, or circumstances that are expected to occur during an emergency and affect the operational environment of the response.  Listed below are the major assumptions that should be considered before, during, and after an emergency that will lead to the activation of the EMP.

  • All emergencies that require activation of the EMP will be managed according to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), specifically the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • During an emergency, all units, departments, and divisions including all activated functions will work in a coordinated manner and share resources toward a common goal under the direction of the Incident Commander.
  • Depending on the scale and scope of the emergency, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be activated and staffed with appropriate personnel and departments that have responsibilities as outlined in the EMP. 
  • The EOC will support the Incident Commander in satisfying operational objectives; it will not direct tactical operations.
  • External partners including private entities and public agencies may integrate into response operations, depending on the size and scope of the event.
  • Local resources shall be used first.  When the event overwhelms local resources, then other University assets or mutual aid agreements will be utilized. 
  • In addition to students, staff, and visitors, University responding personnel may be affected by an emergency.  This may impede their ability to respond.
  • Critical infrastructure, equipment, and supplies needed to respond to an emergency may be unavailable to due to the disaster.  This may complicate, delay, or reduce the effectiveness of the response.
  • Key vendors, contractors, and suppliers may be disrupted during an emergency.
  • Resources applied during an emergency may necessitate the activation of business continuity operations.
  • An emergency may have a greater effect on at-risk or vulnerable populations.
  • Rumors and inaccuracies will spread as the public attempts to gather information about the hazard.