Emergency Planning

While emergencies can occur without warning and at multiple levels, the University must be prepared should an incident occur. The University of Notre Dame is committed to the safety of its students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Therefore, rapid, effective, and organized response efforts and communication during an emergency are of paramount importance.

Campus Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan

The University of Notre Dame Campus Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (the Plan) outlines policies and procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community or significantly disrupt its programs and activities. The plan provides a structure for coordinating preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of Notre Dame personnel and resources.

The plan applies to a broad range of major emergencies, including physical (e.g., fires, explosions, extended power outages, mass casualty events, hazardous materials releases) and non-physical (e.g., security breaches, financial malfeasance) emergencies. It is the official emergency response plan for the University and supersedes all previous plans.

Emergency Management Task Force

The Emergency Management Task Force serves under the purview of the President and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the University's Campus Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. It is the intent of the President and task force to ensure that the plan provides a framework for responding to an emergency in a safe, effective, and timely manner.

Task Force Membership

  • Michael D. Seamon — Chair
    Associate Vice President for Campus Safety
  • Phillip Johnson — Vice-Chair
    Chief of Security Police and Director of Emergency Management
  • Dennis Brown
    Assistant Vice President, Public Information and Communicationss
  • Micki L. Kidder
    Associate Vice President for Development
  • Ronald D. Kraemer
    Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Sara Misener
    Associate Vice President for Campus Services
  • Heather Rakoczy Russell
    Associate Vice President for Residence Life
  • Robert M. Zerr
    Director, Risk Management and Safety

Please contact Phillip Johnson at (574) 631-8338 with questions regarding the task force or the University’s emergency preparedness and response efforts.