Binghamton University is vulnerable to a number of natural and human-caused hazards that can affect University property and faculty, staff, students, and visitors that are present on campus. To effectively respond to these natural and human-caused hazards, the University has adopted this Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) to guide response efforts. The priorities for this plan are to (1) protect lives, (2) stabilize the incident, (3) minimize environmental and property damage, and (4) continue critical services to customers. This plan also strives to meet National Incident Management System-Incident Command System (NIMS ICS) requirements as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The use of NIMS ICS enables this response plan to coordinate effectively with other jurisdictions involved in a response.
The purpose of Binghamton University CEMP is to outline the management structure, responsibilities, procedures, and guiding policies to assist the University when responding to an emergency event. The CEMP directs response efforts when Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by University departments and units are insufficient to handle an emergency. Department specific plans and Standard Operating Procedures are meant to complement and coordinate overall efforts while providing more depth and specific detail regarding department-level response.
The Binghamton University CEMP is a campus-level plan covering property owned by Binghamton University and the faculty, staff, students, and visitors associated with the Binghamton University campus. This CEMP is designed to address a comprehensive range of natural and manmade hazards that could affect the Binghamton University campus. The plan includes procedures for responding to a range of levels of emergency regardless of the size, type or complexity.
The Binghamton University CEMP supersedes any previous plans and precludes employee actions not in concert with the intent of this plan, or the emergency response organizations created by it. This Plan supersedes and rescinds all previous editions of Binghamton University emergency management plans. If any portion of this Emergency Operations Plan is held invalid by judicial or administrative ruling, such ruling shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Plan.
Nothing in this plan should be construed in a manner that limits the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of this plan or its appendices.
Nothing in this plan is intended, or should be construed, as creating a duty on the part of Binghamton University toward any party for the purpose of creating a potential tort liability.
This plan is promulgated under the authority of the President of Binghamton University.
Binghamton University property, students, staff, and visitors can be exposed to a number of hazards with the potential to disrupt the University, create damage, and cause casualties. The following situation and assumptions provide an overview of a potential emergency situation at Binghamton University and the assumed operational conditions that provide a foundation for establishing protocols and procedures.
Binghamton University can vary in the number of faculty, staff, and students located on campus depending on the time of day and event. The University has a student enrollment of over 14,000 and a staff of approximately 2,000 – 3,000. The majority of these students and staff may be on campus at a given time. In addition, Binghamton University draws large gatherings for special events at the Events Center (10,000 person capacity), the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts (1,600 person capacity) as well as other campus venues.
A number of natural hazards can affect the Binghamton University campus. These include:
In addition, threat of technological and biological hazards, those caused by human omission or error, such as transportation accidents, hazardous materials incidents, or utility failures are also possible. A civil disturbance or terrorism incident could also occur. Binghamton University draws large crowds to the Events Center and the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts which are potential targets for intentional criminal acts. The global nature of Binghamton University business, programs, and travel to and from other continents elevates the risk of exposure to communicable diseases.
The following assumptions are relevant to the implementation of this plan.
Priorities for all emergency response at Binghamton University are as follows
The Binghamton University CEMP follows the requirements set forth by the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The NIMS provides a nationwide template enabling federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private sector nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity. Using the NIMS at Binghamton University enables the University to communicate and coordinate response actions with other jurisdictions and emergency response agencies.
The Binghamton University CEMP also follows the Incident Command System (ICS) which is the emergency management structure used by NIMS for emergency response. Using ICS allows for improved coordination among individual departments and agencies as they respond to an incident.
Last Updated: 4/7/14