• Hurricane Preparedness Week

    Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017

    Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

    Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • Georgetown University International Traveler Advisory

    Georgetown University International Traveler Advisory

    The Department of Homeland Security has issued new security procedures related to carry-on luggage for international flights to the United States departing from 10 overseas airports.

    Travel Advisory
  • Emergency Notification System

    Emergency Notification System

    Georgetown University will alert you to emergency situations using the Emergency Notification System (ENS). ENS on the main and medical campuses is composed of HOYAlert and the Campus Alert System (a network of steam whistles placed around the main campus). It is important for all members of the Georgetown community to familiarize themselves with the different alerting systems and associated emergency actions. There are also regional alerting systems that will inform you about emergency situations in the DC Metro area that may impact the Georgetown community, allowing you to avoid impacted areas and or take appropriate action.

  • Emergency Management Programs

    Emergency Management Programs

    Emergency management programs increase the preparedness levels and response capabilities of the university. The senior administrator on call (SAOC) can activate these programs in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Labor Pool (ELP), for example, is made up of existing employees that can be activated to fill key positions during an emergency. This helps the university continue operations during the mitigation and recovery phases of its emergency operations plan. The SAOC can also activate the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help with recovery efforts. CERT members are trained in rescue techniques and first aid. Other programs like AED and CPR provide individuals with lifesaving skills that can preserve life during the Golden Hour while first responders are enroute.

    Cyber Security
  • Training and Exercises

    Training and Exercises

    DEMOC strives to prepare the Georgetown University community for the unexpected through emergency response training and educational outreach material. Members of the Georgetown community are introduced to safety and security issues and emergency procedures as part of their introduction to campus life and at regular intervals during their work and life on campus. DEMOC's presentations and training programs are all intended to increase the preparedness levels of the Georgetown community. The emergency response skills learned during these presentations and training programs are useful at home and at work. This video from Ready.gov shows how important it is to be prepared. If you are interested in attending a training program or scheduling training for members of your department, contact DEMOC.

  • Planning and Coordination

    Planning and Coordination

    According to FEMA, "planning makes it possible to manage the entire life cycle of a potential crisis. Strategic and operational planning establishes priorities, identifies expected levels of performance and capability requirements, provides the standard for assessing capabilities and helps stakeholders learn their roles. The planning elements identify what an organization’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) should include for ensuring that contingencies are in place for delivering the capability during a large-scale disaster." DEMOC works with stakeholders to develop strategic and operational plans. This includes developing occupant emergency plans (OEPs) and special event planning. In addition, DEMOC facilitates coordination and communication between stakeholders to improve preparedness and response capabilities.

    Business Continuity
  • Preparedness Tips

    Preparedness Tips

    It is important to learn what actions to take during certain types of emergencies. These include tornadoes, earthquakes, power outages, storms, and suspicious packages. The videos in this section provide some helpful tips.


Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), a part of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. OEM's mission is to establish and maintain a foresight capability that considers a broad spectrum of plausible outcomes to help inform decision making under uncertain conditions. This is accomplished by maintaining a comprehensive emergency management and resilience program for Georgetown University through systematic preparation for threats that pose the greatest risk to our students, faculty, staff, and the institution. These include but are not limited to natural disasters, acts of violence, terrorism, cyber attacks, and infectious disease.

Personal Peparedness

As members of the Georgetown University community, it is important to know the evacuation routes and assembly areas for your buildings. It is also important to know what steps to take during a shelter-in-place or active threat situation. To request training on active threat survival, click here and register.

If you would like to learn more about emergency response procedures, you may contact OEM at emergencymanagement@georgetown.edu to learn more about the information that is available to you.