Mission & Vision

Program Overview

Philosophy of Operations

Emergency Planning

Types of Emergencies

Emergency Level Definitions

Incident Command System


Building Emergency Plan

Working with Outside Resources



Emergency Planning

First Responders | Planning | Integrated Emergency Management Plan | Emergency Operations Center  



Purdue University Fire Department (PUFD) responds to both fire and emergency medical service needs of the university.  PUFD is located on Third Street, just west of Martin Jischke Drive.  PUFD provides paramedic and emergency medical technician support to the Purdue University and surrounding area.  PUFD maintains mutual aid agreements with all local paid and volunteer fire departments, and with the Tippecanoe County Emergency Ambulance Service (TEAS). 

Law enforcement is managed by the Purdue University Police Department (PUPD), who also maintains mutual aid agreement with the surrounding law enforcement agencies.  Dispatching services are provided by both PUPD and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department (TCSD). 

The nearest hospital Emergency Rooms are provided at St. Elizabeth Health-Lafayette Central, St. Elizabeth Health-East and Indiana University Health-Arnett hospital, all located within 10 miles of the University. The Purdue Student Health Center, located on campus, provides limited outpatient services including a pharmacy for the University student body.

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The Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office has developed an Integrated Emergency Management Plan (IEMP) as a reference of emergency/disaster information and the basic source of data to accomplish the various types of emergency missions.  It is designed to bring the user to the point of knowing what is to be done, and who is to do it.  It may include information relative to when and where the response will be effective, and even why it will be done.

Purdue University must be prepared for any possible emergencies and to respond to all emergency situations in a safe and timely manner.  University personnel and equipment will be used to provide priority protection for:

  • Priority 1: Life Safety
  • Priority 2: Preservation of University property and structures
  • Priority 3: Restoration of academic programs and general University operations

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Activation of the IEMP commences when the Senior Director, Environmental Health & Public Safety (designated as the Emergency Operations Center Director) or a designated representative determines that the severity or length of the situation warrants plan implementation to reduce the threat to life and/or property.  He/she will:

  • Alert the general campus population of the disaster or impending disaster.
  • Alert Marketing & Media personnel for coordination of public information.
  • Activate the University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Size and composition of the Staff is to be determined by the magnitude of the disaster.
  • Arrange for the evacuation of threatened areas.
  • Establish temporary shelter, food, and medical services for the evacuees as necessary.
  • Through the Tippecanoe Count Emergency Medical Agency (TEMA), (or as needed) alert State Emergency Management Office for assistance and coordination of other State agencies with disaster capabilities.
  • Through the TEMA, notify those public and private agencies dedicated to the relief of distress and suffering, i.e., Red Cross and Salvation Army, and establish liaison as necessary.

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The EOC may be staffed with representatives from departments across the University based on the specific emergency incident.  The primary purpose of the EOC is to serve as a single focal point for information management, resource support/allocation, financial assistance, and decision making to support the On-Scene Commander during the entire disaster management and recovery process.  The Emergency Operations Center is equipped with multiple telephone capabilities and other alternative communications.  The communications link through the EOC will allow direct contact with the Office of the President and emergency services provided by the City, County, State and Federal disaster response agencies as well as the news media.

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