Michigan State University has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is written to address disaster response. MSU has also adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) as the operating principal to use in times of emergency and disaster. ICS allows multiple and diverse responding agencies to coordinate, communicate and cooperate during a disaster response. All MSU police officers have received training in the ICS method and many executive offices have embraced this training philosophy for disaster response as well.
As part of disaster response and in conjunction with the EOP, Michigan State University also has established an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that is staffed by key University Administrative personnel during a disaster or major emergency. The primary purpose of the EOC is to provide logistical support and direction to the response units in the field. The MSU EOC is equipped to operate for extended periods of time and under harsh conditions. University personnel have been pre-identified and trained to operate under the ICS principles of: Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance. Additional functions are also performed that include Communication and Policy direction. The MSU EOP and EOC has been tested using a rigorous progressive exercise routine to ensure MSU is ready to respond to and recover from any major incident.