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Executive Summary

This Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is designed to provide Binghamton University with a management tool to facilitate a timely, effective, efficient, and coordinated emergency response. It is based on integrating Binghamton University emergency response resources with those of other government emergency response agencies.

The CEMP uses the National Incident Management System - Incident Command System (NIMS ICS) for managing response to emergencies and disaster events and is intended to be fully NIMS compliant. The Incident Command System (ICS) is designed to be used for all types of emergencies and is applicable to small day-to-day emergency situations as well as large and complex disaster incidents. ICS provides a system for managing emergency operations involving a single agency within a single jurisdiction; multiple agencies within a single jurisdiction; and multiple agencies from multiple jurisdictions.

The organizational structure of the ICS may not resemble the day-to-day organization of the University. Employees may report to other employees to whom they do not usually have a reporting relationship. Furthermore, as the severity of the incident increases, employee assignments may change in the ICS organizational structure. This means that an employee's position in the ICS structure may change during the course of a single incident.

The CEMP consists of a basic plan (this document), emergency support functional annexes, hazard specific annexes, and appendixes. The Basic Plan and subsequent functional annexes are based on an all-hazard approach and acknowledge that most responsibilities and functions performed during a major emergency are not hazard specific.

The CEMP is part of a larger integrated Emergency Management Program at Binghamton University that focuses on mitigation, recovery, preparedness and response activities. The Binghamton University Emergency Management Program is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the CEMP.

The plan is based on the fact that the Binghamton University and local governments (e.g., the Town of Vestal, The City of Binghamton and Broome County) have primary responsibility for emergency response and operations for emergencies that occur on Binghamton University property. Operations are designed to protect lives, stabilize the incident, minimize property damage, protect the environment, and provide for the continuation and restoration of critical services. The plan provides a framework for emergency preparation, response and recovery efforts. Leadership, preparation, good judgment and common sense by personnel directing these efforts will determine the effectiveness of the overall emergency program. Given the nature of some emergency events, Unified Command or the Incident Commander may alter the plan for more effective response or to accomplish strategic priorities.

The guidelines and procedures included in this plan used the best information and planning assumptions available at the time of preparation. There is no guarantee in outcome or performance implied by this plan. In an emergency, resources may be overwhelmed and essential services may be delayed, inadequate or in extreme cases not be available at all. Deviation from these guidelines may be necessary given the facts of any particular situation.

Binghamton University Incident Management Structure

Binghamton University Policy Group

Provides direction in making strategic policy decisions for any incident that impacts the University's ability to perform its critical business functions. Activates, oversees, and terminates the Incident Management Team's (IMT) response

Policy Group Members:

Binghamton University Incident Management Team

Manages the logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety and community issues related to an incident / emergency.

Incident Management Team Members (departments represented):


The Binghamton University Incident Management Team is authorized, under the direction of the Policy Group, to make operational decisions on behalf of the institution during times of emergencies and critical incidents for the purpose of protecting lives, property and the environment.  

Adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

President's Message

It is hereby resolved by President Harvey G. Stenger that:

WHEREAS, In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the President directed the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS), which would provide a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity; and WHEREAS, the collective input and guidance from all federal, state, local and tribal homeland security partners has been, and will continue to be, vital to the development, effective implementation and utilization of a comprehensive NIMS; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary that all federal, state, local, and tribal emergency management agencies and personnel coordinate their efforts to effectively and efficiently provide the highest levels of incident management; and

WHEREAS, to facilitate the most efficient and effective incident management it is critical that federal, state, local, and tribal organizations utilize standardized terminology, standardized organizational structures, uniform personnel qualification standards, uniform standards for planning, training, and exercising, comprehensive resource management, and designated incident facilities during emergencies or disasters; and

WHEREAS, the NIMS standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources will improve the state's ability to utilize federal funding to enhance local and state agency readiness, maintain first responder safety, and streamline incident management processes; and

WHEREAS, the Incident Command System components of NIMS are already an integral part of various incident management activities throughout the state, including all public safety and emergency response organizations training programs; and

WHEREAS, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (9-11 Commission) recommended adoption of a standardized Incident Command System.

NOW THEREFORE, Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the State University of New York I do hereby mandate the National Incident Management System be utilized for all incident management on the Binghamton University campus.

I further proclaim this to take effect immediately.

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Last Updated: 4/7/14