Crisis Management

Crisis Management Plan

A crisis can erupt at any time, in any form. A fire, explosion, medical epidemic, water leak, power outage, hurricane or bomb threat – the possibilities are infinite and unpredictable. Nonetheless, planning for the unpredictable does help. Crisis coordination centers, stockpiles of equipment and supplies, a communications plan, a program of practice scenarios – all developed in advance – enable communities to respond more quickly and efficiently when the unthinkable strikes.

Everyone hopes, of course, that a crisis plan will never have to be implemented, but wishful thinking will not help if a serious crisis arises. Most large organizations and municipalities develop and maintain a crisis plan, run mock scenarios and work to ensure that the entire community is informed.

All University employees and students should become familiar with UMass Lowell's Crisis Management Plan (pdf), which will be updated regularly.