Loyola University Maryland

Emergency Preparedness

Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan

Disasters or emergencies can strike suddenly with little or no warning, creating an event where the normal operations of the University are interrupted. As such, Loyola University Maryland has developed a Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) to effectively handle emergencies and to guide our response efforts. The CEOP establishes the management structure, key responsibilities, emergency assignments, and general procedures needed during and after a disaster or emergency. The priorities of this plan are to:

  1. Protect lives
  2. Stabilize the incident
  3. Minimize environmental and property damage
  4. Maintain critical campus services

This plan also complies with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) requirements as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The use of NIMS and ICS enables this plan to coordinate effectively with other jurisdictions involved in a response such as the local police, fire department, and various state or federal agencies.

By reviewing the hazard information section of this website, you can better prepare yourself for the most common types of emergencies that could affect our campus. The public version of the plan can be downloaded using the link below.

Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan


Campfire is a web-based group communication tool available for computers, smartphones, and tablets. It allows Loyola to set up a password-protected central communication point in just seconds. This capability helps us to communicate with key individuals that are off-site or when normal communication channels are disrupted. In addition, this technology is capable of providing a transcript of activities to be utilized for after action reviews and documentation of emergency events.

For information about how to set up and use Campfire please see our “Campfire Frequently Asked Questions (secure link)” document. 

For more information regarding Campfire, please contact the technology services department at extension 5555 or email them at ots@loyola.edu.