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Program Overview

Welcome to MUSC's Campus Emergency Management website. The intent of this website is to provide emergency planning information and assistance to the MUSC community. University Risk Management is dedicated to the mission of increasing our resilience against emergency and disaster situations having the potential to adversely affect the MUSC community. This cannot be accomplished alone and requires involvement from all corners of the institution, including students, faculty and staff.  Our goal is to provide a means to utilize all available resources to:

MITIGATE against hazards and vulnerabilities, thereby reducing the chance of an emergency happening or reducing the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Mitigation activities include the establishment of building codes, flood plan management, insurance, and elevating critical infrastructure such as generators and other essential utilities.

PREPARE prior to an emergency through planning, training and exercising in order to support and enhance response to an emergency or disaster. Planning, exercising, training and developing public information programs and warning systems are among the activities conducted under this phase.

RESPOND to address the immediate and short-term effects of the onset of an emergency incident in order to reduce casualties and damage and to speed recovery back to normal business and academic operations.  Response activities include direction and control, warning, evacuation and emergency services and are designed to address immediate and short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster. 

RECOVER from an incident which includes both short-term and long-term activities. Short-term operations are meant to restore critical services provide for basic needs. Long-term recovery focuses on restoring normal or improved state of affairs. The recovery period provides opportunity to institute mitigation measures, particularly those related to the recent emergency. Examples of recovery actions are temporary housing and food and reconstruction of damaged areas.





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