Emergency Planning at Duke occurs at two levels: for the institution as a whole and for individual departments and teams. Duke’s Emergency Management program primarily focuses on institution-wide planning, which includes the University Emergency Operations Plan.

Emergency Operations Plan

Duke’s Emergency Operations Plan is maintained by the Emergency Management program. The Duke EOP provides a common framework for how the institution responds to and recovers from crises as they arrive. In outlining this plan, the EOP accounts for the multifaceted nature of emergency operations at Duke. The layers of risk inherent in a University that encompasses a residential campus near an urban area, a prestigious medical campus, and a cutting-edge research-intensive institution are numerous and provide unique challenges.

The base plan of the EOP outlines how Duke’s leadership approaches making decisions and communicating about “all hazards.” The EOP also includes numerous annexes that detail Duke University’s response to specific types of emergencies.

Duke community members can obtain a portion of the Duke Emergency Operations Plan here (NetID login required).

Duke Health System Emergency Planning

Duke Health has created emergency plans for various health system departments to ensure that Duke Health employees are prepared to maintain critical patient care operations during emergencies.

To access Duke University Health System plans, please go to the DUHS Emergency SiteThe site requires a Duke Health login. For additional information, contact jason.zivica@duke.edu.

Individual Departments

Individual departments are highly encouraged to create their own emergency plans, and many Duke departments and teams have already created a variety of emergency plans, with many focusing on department-specific hazards. Duke Emergency Management can provide assistance to Duke departments creating emergency plans or templates. For assistance, please contact us.