Emergency Management Plan


The MBL Emergency Management Plan provides the organizational framework and management processes for responding to events that could threaten the safety and continuation of the MBL mission of research and education.

The objectives of this plan are to:

  1. Enable effective communication and coordination throughout the MBL in emergency planning, response, and recovery;
  2. Establish roles and responsibilities and an emergency management structure that is consistent with the National Incident Management System; and
  3. Support risk management and mitigation through vulnerability analyses to reduce potential risk to safety or loss of property.


The emergency management program for the MBL is intended to cover a broad range of potential situations that could affect safety and the continuity of the education and research mission of the MBL.  It also establishes the management processes for responding to such events, including defining roles and responsibilities, activating and communicating with leaders, and organizing resources to address emergency conditions.

These include:

  • Natural hazards – Severe weather, earthquake, or other conditions over which the MBL has no control;
  • Infrastructure failure – Interruption of utilities or information technology services, building systems breakdown, environmental hazards, fire, or other facilities malfunctions;
  • Human factors – Medical emergencies, illness, and behavioral incidents;
  • Security incidents – Occurrences that potentially threaten personal safety or loss of physical and intellectual property;
  • External events – Community or regional incidents that occur beyond the limits of the MBL, and which could affect people and/or MBL facilities.

The MBL emergency program includes other detailed operational plans and procedures developed and maintained by various departments that are integrated under this Management Plan.  Together, these plans are intended to be an integral part of the MBL risk management program.  The process of emergency planning and incident management will help identify areas of potential exposure and identify opportunities for risk reduction and mitigation.

Primary responsibility for emergency planning, preparedness, and incident management is with the Incident Management Team (IMT).  The IMT is a cross-departmental team of senior managers representing core administrative, academic, and research functions that support the entire MBL organization.

The IMT is responsible for creating and maintaining the emergency management program and for establishing operational plans and protocols for specific emergency situations.  The role of the IMT is to coordinate and support the overall MBL response to any emergency situation, and to provide the Incident Command (ICS) structure for the MBL.

Although members of the IMT represent specific areas of the MBL, in an emergency their responsibilities are not limited to those functions and IMT members will work together to support the best interests of the MBL.

The MBL Incident Management Team includes the following positions: Deputy Director for Operations, Director of Facilities and Services, Director of Human Resources, Director of Communications, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety, and the MBL Director of Finance.

Members of the IMT are responsible for close coordination with other leaders from the MBL research centers and other departments, and to ensure that all areas of the MBL are fully engaged in planning and responding to emergency situations.