Office of Emergency Management
About the Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Our mission is to ensure that the GW community works together to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards.
Comprised of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Office of Health and Safety (H&S), and GW Police Department (GWPD), the Office of Safety and Security is tasked with promoting a safe campus and protecting our community. This cannot be accomplished alone and requires involvement from all corners of the university, including students, faculty and staff. Visit the Office of Safety and Security website for more information.
The following list provides a brief description of some of the services that OEM supports:
CampusAdvisories.gwu.edu is the university's primary website, maintained by OEM, used for communicating emergency preparedness and incident-related information to the GW community.
GW Alert is a notification system that sends emergency alerts to email addresses and mobile devices. Students, faculty and staff may update their account and add additional contact information in the GWeb Information System.
READYGW | Make a plan. Build a kit. Stay informed.
This outreach program, based on the FEMA's Ready campaign, encourages individuals to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. OEM participates in many outreach activities throughout GW's campuses to promote READYGW, including Colonial Inauguration, the GW Safety Expo and the New Employee Forums.
OEM coordinates information-sharing and emergency response efforts of divisions, departments, offices and agencies. OEM also maintains the University Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and can activate it when needed.
OEM supports planning efforts for special events, incidents and continuity of operations for members of the GW community.
Training and Exercises
OEM provides training and exercise opportunities for divisions, departments and offices to develop and test emergency plans.
The office fosters partnerships with local, regional, federal, international, corporations and non-profit entities involved in emergency preparedness and response.