Emergency Management

Office of Emergency Management

The Howard University Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a division within the Howard University Department of Public Safety. OEM works to ensure that the University is preparing for, preventing, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. OEM manages the University’s Emergency Operations Center and coordinates the University's emergency alert and notification process and maintains constant situational awareness of conditions that could adversely affect the health, safety, and/or general welfare of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and families.

Primary Programs:

  • Emergency Planning 
  • Incident Monitoring, Response & Management
  • Emergency Notification & Warning (Bison Safe)
  • Training & Exercises
  • Disaster Preparedness Education
  • Special Event Planning
  • Continuity of Operations Planning


Ariel C. Triplett, MPH -- Director
Emergency Management & Safety
W: (202) 806-1104 
E: Ariel.Wilson@howard.edu 

Emergency Management Documents

Four Steps that Everyone Should Take in an Emergency

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Paying attention to what is happening around you can help you understand how information, events, and your own actions will impact your safety and your ability to protect yourself, both now and in the near future.

  • Protect yourself. Based upon your assessment of the situation, use your best judgment to protect yourself and, if possible, others.

  • Call for help. Emergency services can be summoned by contacting campus police at 410-617-5911 or by using one of the many blue light emergency phones located throughout campus.

  • Help others. Once you are safely away from danger, warn others of the hazard and help if you can without putting yourself in harm’s way.

If you see something, say something.

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