Health & Emergency Management Resources

The work of Health & Emergency Management Services (HEMS) extends across the university. In addition to promoting fire safety in the residence halls, HEMS is responsible for helping members of the university maintain a safe work environment regardless of their job on campus. Furthermore, HEMS assists the University in creating and maintaining emergency operations plans, as well as preparing for and staying informed of all emergencies that may affect University operations.

The sampling of resources below indicates this broad range of responsibility.

Campus Advisories: 

Campus Advisories is the university's primary website used for communicating emergency preparedness and incident-related information to the GW community.

GW Alert:

HEMS partners with several internal divisions and departments to offer a wide-range of emergency communications systems, collectively known as GW Alert. Students, faculty, staff, and affiliates can receive text message and email alerts by registering through GWeb (Banner).

Preparedness Guides: 

HEMS provides a variety of tools to help you plan for an emergency, regardless of your role in the GW community.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program: 

In January of 2008, H&S upgraded an existing University program by installing over 135 additional automatic external defibrillators (AED) in highly trafficked buildings on its Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia campuses. This program is part of a proactive effort to make GW a safer place to learn, work, and live. The new university-wide program makes certain that immediate care is available to victims of sudden cardiac arrest on GW campuses.

Health and Safety Inspections:

HEMS performs residence hall inspections four times per year: twice in the fall, once in the spring and once in the summer. Inspections will only be announced during the first round of the fall semester. All other inspections are unannounced. The HEMS inspections are primarily designed to discover fire and health hazards that may be present in residence halls, including items on the prohibited items list.

Occupational Safety:

The university has developed a number of occupational safety programs to help maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

Lab Safety:

HEMS works in partnership with faculty, researchers, staff, and students to promote safe and healthful laboratory environments that will support the University's science and research mission. H&S provides trainings several times per semester to ensure safe procedures are followed while in a laboratory setting, including those with bloodborne pathogens and other hazardous materials or equipment.

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