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Emergency Planning

First Responders

The 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 Purdue and the surrounding area. The department 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), which also maintains mutual aid agreements 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 located at Franciscan Health Lafayette East and IU Health Arnett Hospital, both within 10 miles of the University. The Purdue University Student Health Center, located on campus, provides limited outpatient services including a pharmacy for the University student body.


The Emergency Preparedness and Planning 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 all possible emergencies to respond to any emergency situation in a safe and timely manner. University personnel and equipment will be used to provide prioritized protection for:

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

Emergency Operations Center

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be staffed with representatives from departments across the University based on a specific 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. This center supports the on-scene commander during the entire disaster management and recovery process. The EOC is equipped with multiple telephone capabilities and other alternative communications. The communications link through the EOC allows 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.