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Emergency Management Services

The University of Missouri System Office of Emergency Management acts primarily as a system-wide subject matter expert and coordinator of disaster efforts. Due to the size and focus of the UM System Emergency Management (as a division of the Risk and Insurance Management Department), UM System Emergency Management focuses its primary efforts on the preparedness efforts of the university system. In doing so, it provides guidance, technical expertise and supports other departments, units and campuses in developing and enhancing their own internal capabilities while striving to increase the overall disaster readiness of the entire system.


To create a disaster resilient University System that will serve as a model for agencies worldwide.


Work in collaboration with each campus community to build, sustain and improve their capacity to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from all hazards.

Core Values

  • Comprehensive: We consider all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to all disasters, both natural and man-made.
  • Progressive: We anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient campus communities.
  • Risk-driven: We use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
  • Diverse: We ensure unity of effort among all elements of the university system.
  • Collaborative: We create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals, organizations and campuses to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus and facilitate communication.
  • Coordinated: We synchronize the activities of all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common purpose.
  • Flexible: We use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges
  • Professional: We value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.

Reviewed 2022-02-25