Emergency Management

Executive Summary


Monroe Community College's Emergency Management Plan is the result of the recognition by College officials that there is a responsibility to manage emergency and disaster situations on campus and coordinate with all public safety and local government officials. It is further recognized that the College's emergency management plan must be consistent with and closely linked to Monroe County and State of New York emergency plans. The College's plan was prepared by MCC officials, reviewed by the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness, and is an integral part of the county and state emergency management program. Authority to undertake this effort is based on standard business practices and a commitment to the safety and security of MCC students, faculty, staff and property.

The development of a comprehensive emergency management plan is based on a realistic assessment of potential hazards that could affect our campus and an assessment of existing capabilities to respond to those situations.

Prevention, mitigation, planning, response and recovery are acknowledged as basic elements of emergency management. By addressing all of the elements in an emergency management plan MCC will lessen the intensity and duration of any unusual event. Our plan consists of sections dealing with the aspects of a comprehensive approach.

When an incident occurs, it passes through four distinct phases that need to be managed. The four phases are:

  • Crisis
  • Scene Management
  • Executive Management
  • Termination and Recovery

Our Plan outlines MCC's concept of operations as it relates to each phase.

Management Responsibilities

Our plan assigns responsibilities for emergency management to existing MCC departments and organizations. The assignments are made within the framework of the existing management organization of the various departments. Each department maintains standard operating procedures for special situations and they are considered part of this plan.

Monroe Community College is responsible for the managing and coordinating, along with other public safety officials, all phases of a disaster that occurs on campus. Assistance will be sought from the Town of Brighton, City of Rochester and Monroe County for prevention, mitigation, planning and response to incidents.

Our plan describes how centralized requests for assistance are to be handled and documented.

Incident Classifications

Incidents are classified into four (4) categories. Authority is provided to a limited number of individuals to classify incidents. Certain automatic actions are initiated based on the incident classification. It is recognized that for an emergency plan to be successful, first responders must have authority to activate the response plan and initiate critical actions to manage the situation. The incident classifications are:

  • Level 0 - Non-Emergency/Administrative/Special Events
  • Level I - Monitor/Standby
  • Level II - Emergency
  • Level III - Disaster

Incident Management system

All incidents will be managed using the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Integrated Incident Management System (NIIMS) outlined by federal and state agencies. (See http://www.fema.gov/ and http://www.nysemo.state.ny.us/ )


The Monroe Community College Emergency Plan is intended to provide a general all-hazards management guidance, using existing organizations and lines of authority to allow MCC to meet its responsibilities before, during, and after an emergency occurs.