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Emergency Management

The threat of natural and man-made disasters is real. The School of Medicine has a detailed Emergency Management Safety Plan with steps to take in case of an emergency. This page also includes information on how to report an emergency.

Emergency Plan

Download the School of Medicine Emergency Plan [pdf]

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Emergency Management Plan outlines the University’s procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community or disrupt its programs and activities. The plan identifies departments and individuals that are directly responsible for emergency response and critical support services.

At the USC School of Medicine, planning ahead for emergencies is part of normal business planning and campus life, and all members of the campus community share a responsibility for preparedness.  An emergency can strike anytime or anywhere and a disaster will affect everyone.  Therefore, 

  • Every administrative and academic unit is asked to review the USC School of Medicine/USC Emergency Management Plan to protect personnel and programs and to support campus response and recovery actions.  The School of Medicine’s Director of Facilities Management will distribute the Department Emergency Planning Guidelines, along with the University of South Carolina Emergency Management Plan, to the various departments on all School of Medicine campuses.
  • The School of Medicine maintains a comprehensive emergency preparedness and safety training program to mitigate potential hazards and to familiarize faculty, staff and students with emergency procedures.


The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Emergency Management Plan guides preparedness, response, and recovery actions.  It applies to a broad range of emergency incidents and may be activated during:

  • Earthquakes         
  • Hazardous Materials Releases
  • Floods
  • Fires or Explosives
  • Extended Power Outages
  • Mass Casualty Events
  • Hurricanes
  • Active Shooter
  • Hostage
  • Tornadoes

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