Once the planning team identifies and prioritizes possible threats and hazards and
assesses the associated risks and vulnerabilities, they should work to develop critical
operational functions. Functional annexes focus on critical operational functions
and the courses of action developed to carry them out. This section describes functional
annexes that IHEs should address in developing a comprehensive, high-quality campus
EOP. As the planning team assesses the IHE’s needs, it may need to prepare additional
or different annexes.
While these functions should be described separately, it is important to remember
that many functions will occur consecutively. For example, a shelter-in-place
during an emergency may be implemented but if a building is damaged the IHE may
then initiate an evacuation of that building.
Often, multiple functions will also be performed concurrently.
While functions build upon one another and overlap, it is not necessary to repeat
a course of action in one functional annex if it appears in a second Functional
Annex. For example, though an evacuation may lead to reunification, it is not necessary
to list a course of action for reunification within the Evacuation Annex.
This is not a complete list, but it is recommended that all higher ed EOPs include
at least the following annexes: