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Emergency Management

Reporting to the Chief of Police, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides guidance, direction, and training to members of the Longwood University community in the prevention. protection, response and recovery activities required as a result of any type of emergency. Additionally, it is responsible for coordinating with local, state and federal partners to ensure resources are available to the university when needed.

Proper planning for emergencies is essential to minimizing the impact of an incident on the University facilities and operations. It is in the best interest of all community members to work together to strengthen our ability to respond and recover should we experience an incident. The University takes seriously the priorities in emergency planning, life safety first and the preservation of property second.

In leading emergency planning efforts, the OEM provides various activities and performs a range of tasks with the goal of fostering a culture of emergency preparedness. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining the Emergency Operation Plan
  • Maintaining the Continuity of Operations Plan
  • Providing training for all community members
  • Serving as the conduit for information from outside agencies
  • Ensuring the University emergency preparedness program remains compliant with legislative mandates
  • Maintaining the Emergency Operations center so that it is ready whenever the need arises.

Our office is located at 506 Race Street. We welcome ideas and input from community members and enjoy working with our students, faculty, staff and administration. Please check our webpage often to stay informed of available training and preparedness activities. Additionally, we encourage everyone to sign up for our emergency notification system to provide the most update information regarding emergencies, included weather related events about the system used which result in an alteration of normal University operating hours. To sign up to receive emergency and weather alerts, go to:


Lucy Carter Smith MPA

Emergency Management Coordinator




Learn more to make sure YOU are prepared!






Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

Do you know what steps to take before, during, and after an earthquake? To learn more check out:

 The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Great Shake Out Banner 2014


The Longwood University community will be participating in annual Great Southeast Earthquake Drill on October 16th at 10:16 am. A few simple steps is all you need to be prepared. These include:

  • Make sure you are signed up for e2Campus through the LU Police Department's web page.

  • During and just after the earthquake drill DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!!!
    One of the most frequent causes of injury during an earthquake is the result of being hit by falling debris.

  • When the earthquake drill is complete and an ALL CLEAR has been sent out by the LU Police Department, you may come out from under your "cover". 

  • Take a minute to reflect on how you reacted and check around you to see if there are items that may need to be effectively secured in your room, classroom or the common area where you are located. Please let the Office of Emergency Management know your thoughts or concerns.

We love to hear from students, faculty and staff about their ideas, concerns and questions regarding emergency preparedness on our campus and surrounding living spaces. The Office of Emergency Management is located at 506 Race Street and the Coordinator, Lucy Carter Smith may be reached by phone at 434-395-2457 or by email, smithlc3@longwood.edu. Enjoy the experience of the GREAT SOUTHEAST SHAKE OUT!!