Emergency Management Plans and Guides


The university maintains various emergency plans that define the organizational structure, responsibilities, and procedures the university utilizes during an emergency. George Mason University models emergency plans using nationally recognized or sanctioned standards, federal and state guidance, and best practices. For more information on some of the key plans the university maintains click on the links below.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

The AED Program exists to manage the AEDs that are located throughout the George Mason University campuses. The Environmental Health and Safety office takes a lead role in the maintenance of the equipment, but are supplemented by university partners who look after the AED in their area.

  • Download the AED Program (PDF)
  • Learn more about the AED program and view AED locations on George Mason University campuses by clicking here.

Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS), University Police, and the various units that constitute the university’s Emergency Operations Group. This plan outlines the organization, procedures, and responsibilities for university personnel responding to all emergencies that occur on George Mason University property, or region that impact the operation of the university.

Continuity of Operations Plan

This plan provides a framework to minimize potential impact and allow for rapid recovery from an incident that disrupts operations. This plan encompasses the magnitude of operations and services performed by the university, and is tailored to the university’s unique operations, primary business functions, and mission essential functions. This plan identifies key personnel that perform or manage primary business functions (PBF).This plan was prepared by George Mason University to develop, implement and maintain a viable continuity capability.

Integrated Contingency Plan

This Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) is designed to assist George Mason University personnel, including those designated as Spill Response Coordinators, to respond to a petroleum product, hazardous material, biological, or radiological spill or release. It is the responsibility of all persons who are trained and familiar with this plan to implement the actions outlined in this ICP in the event of a spill or release.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to substantially and permanently reduce the university’s vulnerability to natural, man-made, and technological hazards. The plan is intended to promote sound practices and policies designed to protect human life, critical facilities, infrastructure, and business operations at the university. The overall goals of the Hazard Mitigation Plan can be achieved by increasing awareness, documenting resources for risk reduction and loss-prevention, and identifying activities to guide the university towards the development of a safer, more sustainable campus.

Community Assistance Plan

This Community Assistance Plan (CAP) is an institutional collaborative effort to document the manner in which George Mason University will recover from critical incidents affecting the university community which exceed the capacity of routine operational services. University Life (UL) and Human Resources and Payroll serve as the lead units responsible for the development and execution of this plan. The purpose of this plan is to provide the structure and direction necessary to provide community assistance to individuals who have been affected by a critical incident. This plan establishes assumptions, roles and responsibilities of units/individuals, and the operational guidance needed to direct and control resources.

Fire Safety Plan

The purpose of this document is to describe the procedures that George Mason University uses to mitigate the risk of fire on university property and satisfy the requirements of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) Section 404 and United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 29, part 1910.39. This document establishes the necessary testing, inspection, and certification of fire alarm and suppression equipment maintained by the university.

In addition, EHS provides the Unit Fire Safety Plan found below under Guides. This document is available to assist individual units in the completion of a unit-specific plan that identifies fire hazards and fire safety procedures.unique to their building or work area.


The following guides provide instructions and information on how to respond to potential emergency or dangerous situations that may occur at George Mason University or within the National Capitol Region. Each guide is designed to address a specific component of emergency management and should be used in conjunction with other emergency preparedness guides to provide a unit/department specific emergency response plan.

Emergency Preparedness Guides that Require User Input

Emergency Preparedness Guides for Reference