The Washington University Emergency Management Department exists to provide a comprehensive and sustainable framework fostering a disaster resilient campus that allows our faculty, staff, and students to learn, perform research and deliver patient care. We will do this through an integrated, all-hazards approach encompassing mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Success will be rooted in strong collaboration with all of our School departments, our campus partners, affiliated hospitals, the university as a whole and a wide range of government and community organizations.

Our vision is to be the standard of excellence in higher education emergency management.



The Emergency Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on improving campus disaster resilience by developing programs based on the standards outlined by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

EMAP is an independent non-profit organization that establishes credible, peer-developed and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) certified standards for assessing emergency management programs. The EMAP standards serve as clearly defined benchmarks for enhancing the management and coordination of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for the WashU campus.

Learn more about the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (PDF).