Building Emergency Action Plans (BEAP) & CFAES Crisis Communication Plan

Building Emergency Action Plans (BEAP)
OSU Environmental Health and Safety in collaboration with University Public Safety developed this Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) to assist with emergency responses.  This plan is designed to address emergency concerns and to use as a resource to provide important information and assist in the safe evacuation of campus facilities. This plan is managed and coordinated through the Office of Public Safety, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention with the assistance of Environmental Health and Safety.

To view the BEAP for your building go to: OSU Public Safety: Building Emergency Action Plans (on-line)

Building Coordinators for each CFAES bulding are responsible for maintaining a current BEAP. Assistance with reviewing and updating the CFAES Building Emergency Action Plans will be provided by contacting the CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator. The BEAP Template is intended for use by departments that occupy university facilities and should be completed as a building plan including all departments and areas of the building in the planning and implementation process. The BEAP Template was created to include information for all departments to use during emergencies; however, some departments may choose to remove certain sections or add information based on their individual departmental needs.
OSU Employee On-line BEAP Training
OSU Environmental Health and Safety has established a training program that can be accessed via  their website. (
To start the Building Emergency Action Plan Training (OSU employees / students):
1) Click on this link -
2) Cick on the Occupational Health & Safety content area.

3) Scroll down to locate the Building Emergency Action Plan, OSU-BEAP training course and click on "Take this Course".
4) Sign in using your login (last name.###)
5) At the end of the on-line training you will be prompted to take the quiz.
6) Once training has been completed, a list your training sessions will be listed under “My Training”.
Note: This training may also be conducted in a classroom group setting to emphasize building specific procedures. Contact the OSU CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator to schedule a training session for your building or staff. For buildings with fewer than 10 employees the Building Emergency Action Plan training may simply be a verbalized reveiw of the plan with employees.
CFAES Crisis Communication Plan
The underlying principle in any crisis, including emergencies and disasters, is to responsibly communicate relevant information to key audiences without irresponsibly over-reassuring them about the nature or consequences of the situation. Effective communications strategies, both internal and external, are key to successful crisis management.  The CFAES Crisis Communication Plan provides procedures for notifying appropriate personnel in the event of a crisis, emergency or disaster situation and outlines policies to determine messages for internal and external audiences. The plan includes:
  • General Crisis Response Procedures
  • Crisis Response Team Composition
  • Sample Initial Statements
The Crisis Communication Plan is reviewed and updated every six months, in April and October of each year.
CFAES Crisis Communication Plan (click to download PDF)
If you have any questions, please contact Kent McGuire (CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator) at or (614) 292-0588.
BEAPs are coordinated through Public Safety, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention. Contact Bob Armstrong at or (614) 247-4276 for additional information or assistance completing a BEAP.
CFAES Crisis Communication Plan is coordinated through CFAES Communications and Technology.  Contact (614) 292-9833 for more information.
Reviewed / Updated: 11/12/19 K. McGuire