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Campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

The responsibility for a campus emergency management program as required in California State University Executive Order #921, "California State University Emergency Management Program", has been delegated to the Department of Police Services. The Department is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of an emergency management system program on campus and the development and implementation of programs and projects in emergency planning, training, response, and recovery.

The purpose of the all hazards emergency operations plan (EOP) is to establish policies, procedures and an organizational structure for response to an emergency. The EOP is in compliance with the State of California's Standardized Emergency ManagementSystem (SEMS) which was enacted in the California Government Code in 1995 and with the Federal Government's National Incident Management System (NIMS)released in 2004. Organizational operating procedures utilize the Incident Command System (ICS)for response to an emergency.

These systems provide an organizational framework under which all agencies function in an integrated fashion. It organizes the flow of information, provides coordination between responding agencies, and assists in rapid mobilization and deployment of resources.

Goals of the Plan Are:

Campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

Emergency Operations Org Chart

In the event of an emergency the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) (link to EOC org chart attachment) is activated to manage and coordinate resources and personnel to make decisions and coordinate the flow of information and strategy required to deal effectively with an emergency.

The Criteria for Activation of the EOC are:

CSUN has an EOC located in the training room of Physical Plant Management. The back-up EOC is located in the University Police Department. University Police also have a mobile incident command center which can be activated for response to any incident.

CSUN Campus Emergency Plan:

Emergency Action Plan Documentation

The complexity of a campus like CSU, Northridge requires participation of the entire community to successfully implement CSU, Northridge's Emergency Management Plan. Department/College Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) are an integral part of the overall Program.

Departments/Colleges throughout the University are strongly encouraged to develop their own Emergency Action Plans for practical reasons. They best understand the nature of their work, potential work place hazards, the layout of their facilities, and special needs specific to their Department, (i.e., people with disabilities, research, patients, and animals, etc). A template for the Emergency Action Plan is available for each department and college to use to develop a work site plan:

The EAP should address preparedness measures and emergency response. The EAP is a way for the Department to plan for potential emergencies; small accidents, citywide disasters; power outages, hazardous chemical spills, fires, a civil disturbance, or an earthquake. Advanced planning and a Department EAP will help reduce risk and loss of life. It is important that all faculty, staff and students read and understand their work site emergency action plan.

Components of the Department/College Emergency Action Plan include, but are not limited to:

Pandemic Response Plan:

A pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of a new flu virus for which there is little or no immunity (protection). No one can predict when the next pandemic flu will occur or how seer it will be. What is known is that flu pandemics have occurred three times in the last century. The virus spread easily from person-to-person, may cause serious illness and can sweep across the country and round the world in a very short time. A flu pandemic may come and go in waves.

In December, 2005 the California State University Chancellor's Office directed each California State University to produce a campus-specific business continuity response plan that addresses how the campus will respond to an influenza pandemic event. The document was completed in May, 2006 and updated in 2008 and 2009. The challenges facing the University during a pandemic are many and planning a campus response to a pandemic event and other infection control and emergency events is an ongoing process. As such, the CSUN Pandemic Business Continuity Plan is not a static document and will be adjusted at least annually and periodically as needed in response to updates and changes in the global, national, regional, and campus status of the potential influenza threat.

For frequently asked questions regarding pandemic flu and what to do to take care of yourself and your family, please visit the Klotz Student Health Center.

Campus Emergency Procedures:

These procedures are intended to help faculty, staff, and students respond to emergency situations which may occur on the CSUN campus. The emergency procedures flip chart will serve as a quick reference for efficient action and should be posted in a conspicuous location inside all campus buildings. Faculty and staff are requested to read and become thoroughly familiar with the contents of this guide before an emergency occurs.

Campus emergency procedures are also presented in a one-page Emergency Quick Reference.

Building & Floor Marshall Program:

The Building and Floor Marshall Program is coordinated by Environmental Health and Safety. It is a group of volunteers made up of CSUN staff who are given training in building evacuation procedures. They serve in the buildings and floors where they work.

For more information about the Building and Floor Marshall Program, please refer to the link above or contact Daniel Castellon at 677-2401.

Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Information:

Disaster Service Workers are all public employees employed by any county, city, state agency or public district. Disaster service means all activities authorized by and carried out pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act.

For more information regarding the scope of duties, how DSWs are activated, and other frequently asked questions use this link: Disaster Service Worker Pamphlet.

Guidelines for Personal Emergency Preparedness:

Where to Start - A Home Hazard Hunt

 •  Creating an Emergency Action Plan for your Family

Create a Family Emergency Plan



Create a Family Communications Plan

Prepare a Home Emergency Kit

The following is a suggested list of items for your Emergency Preparedness Kit:

Office & Auto Kits

Emergency Financial Kit

Stash some cash to make sure you have a sufficient amount of money to get through the emergency period.

Be sure to include plenty of change to make calls from pay phones.

Make copies of vital personal documents and information for each family member:

Store important documents in fireproof storage box, or safety deposit box, or freezer (make sure documents are tightly sealed), and copies with your out-of-state contact.

Create a Family Evacuation Plan

Training Presentation

Emergency management and preparedness training presentations are offered to faculty, staff, students and affiliated community members upon request. Training sessions include:

For more information or to arrange a training session, please contact Kit Espinosa at 818 677-5973 or at

Academic Aftershock is a 45 minute video about how California State University, Northridge worked through the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge quake. If you would like to view a copy of this video, please contact Kit Espinosa at (818) 677-5973.

Other Resources