Emergency Preparedness


Chapter 7

Section: 7:200

Emergency Preparedness

ADOPTED:                             04/01/2010

REVISED:                                12/20/2021

RESPONSIBLE OFFICE:         MU Environmental Health & Safety


Colleges and universities serve as key emergency management partners to federal, state, local, tribal, territory and private sector organizations. Institutions are encouraged to regularly review, update and exercise their emergency plans several times a year.

The University of Missouri (MU) is responsible for developing and implementing programs and policies to ensure that MU is in compliance with all applicable environmental health and safety regulations and provides a safe work environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors as outlined in the Collected Rules & Regulations.



In preparation for campus emergencies, the MU Emergency Plan Team works with federal, state, and city resources.


It is the responsibility of EHS to assist building coordinators to develop, administer, and update a Building Specific Emergency Action Plan (EAP), as well as to provide the following:

  • Emergency Situations. In case of life safety matters or imminent danger to life or health, the Director of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) or designee has the authority to order the cessation of the activity until the hazardous condition is abated or adequate measures are taken to minimize exposure to the campus community and the public from such a condition.
  • Statutory Compliance. Develop programs and policies to ensure that MU is in compliance with all laws and applicable regulations; to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff; and to ensure the proper use, storage, and disposal of biological, chemical, radioactive materials, and any other hazardous materials.
  • Training & Documentation. Provide faculty, staff, and students with the relevant rules, the necessary training, and the appropriate resources to comply with standards and regulations, to maintain an appropriately safe work environment, and to maintain appropriate documentation that standards and regulations are being met.


  • Comply with Rules and Regulations. Faculty, staff and students at the University of Missouri have the responsibility and obligation to act in accordance with all applicable federal and state regulations.
    • It is the responsibility of individual faculty, staff, and students to be informed of applicable rules and regulations and to comply with these rules and regulations. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations constitutes possible grounds for dismissal of students and termination for cause of faculty and staff.
    • In unusual situations where the University is exempt from regulatory jurisdiction due to its status as a government entity, faculty, staff, and students still have an obligation for knowledge of the risk and meeting the intent of the regulations.
    • It is also the responsibility of individual faculty, staff and students having actual knowledge that the actions of visitors are in violation of applicable rules and regulations to inform the visitor(s) of that known fact and to take reasonable steps in an effort to stop such action.


For additional information about any safety or health related policy or guideline,  refer to the EHS web site or contact us at ehs@umsystem.edu / (573) 882-7018.