About Us

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) provides comprehensive emergency management services for Tulane University to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the adverse impacts of disasters regardless of type, scale, or causality. OEPR conducts risk assessments to maintain current knowledge of the hazards facing the University and develops adaptable plans to address them. OEPR coordinates with Tulane’s various departments as well as local, state, and federal partners to fulfill our mission and actualize our vision.


Our Mission


To foster a collaborative and inclusive culture where an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness is foundational, practical, and effective for:

  • maintaining life safety for those studying at or working for Tulane in New Orleans or abroad
  • protecting Tulane’s physical properties
  • ensuring the continuity of Tulane’s contributions to scholarship and research 



Our Vision

To maintain a standard of excellence as an innovative leader and collaborative partner in disaster readiness and resilience among higher education institutions globally. 


Our Team

We celebrate the fact that each member of our team offers a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives while sharing a similar passion for the work we do. We consider it an honor to serve the Tulane community and wish you a safe and happy time on campus whether you are coming to study, to work, or for a visit.

Check out our bios below and email our team if you have a question or need our assistance – emergencyprep@tulane.edu.

Jason Ferguson

Executive Director of Emergency Management

Donald Veals

Assistant Director of Emergency Preparedness & Response

Meredith Beers

Associate Director of Business Continuity Operations

Tracey Braden

Assistant Director for Disaster Assistance & Recovery

Scott Chauvin

Emergency Coordinator



Service Animal & Snout Sniper


Emily Hambrick

Student Worker

Bryan Lassoe

Student Worker

Merrilee Montgomery

Student Worker

Benjamin Plachter

Student Worker