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Planning for Emergencies

Preparedness, Response, Mitigation, and Recovery

Preparedness is an important factor in emergency response. Please make sure to read DePauw’s Emergency Response Guide and make personal safety plans. Please direct any questions or assistance for developing a personal emergency preparedness plan to the DePauw Police Department at 765-658-5555, or visiting their office located in the lower level of 101 E. Seminary St.

In the event of an on-campus emergency, the DePauw Police Department coordinates with community emergency response agencies to provide immediate assistance to campus. Emergency personnel coordinate on-site response to resolve immediate safety issues.

The DePauw Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) coordinates DePauw University response to students, employees, facilities, and campus living units to offer support, mitigate impact, and recover from any critical incident or situation.

The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students serves as the CIMT Manager. The CIMT team has three main purposes in the event of a critical incident:

  • assess current needs not being addressed by the on-site command center

  • coordinate and delegate responses and solutions to these needs

  • minimize the long-term effects on the university community potentially caused by a critical incident by reacting quickly and efficiently in the short-term.

The CIMT team consists of an executive planning team and a series of pods that work on dedicated action items related to their areas of expertise: logistics, communication and on-site liaison. 

The DePauw Police Department and CIMT provide annual testing of response procedures via table top exercises. Testing of procedures is also conducted via emergency notification tests, as well as fire safety and building evacuation drills.