What EM does
The Office of Emergency Management strives to provide a safe, disaster resilient university through a comprehensive, all-hazards emergency management program. This program encompasses the phases of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Working in partnership with local, state, federal and private entities, the Office of Emergency Management will work to provide an integrated emergency management program that will aid in supporting intellectual growth, service to the community and institutional research.
Each year, emergencies impact the UNCG community. These emergencies may occur on campus, or at the homes of our faculty, staff and students. It is the goal of the Office of Emergency of Management to:
- Create a culture of preparedness among faculty, staff and students;
- Build a disaster resilient community starting from the individual up to the University;
- Mitigate against recognized hazards;
- Provide emergency preparedness training to faculty, staff and students;
- Ensure timely warnings of emergencies impacting the immediate health and safety of the campus-wide community;
- Ensure plans and resources are in place to effectively respond to emergencies and disasters on campus;
- Ensure that the University can continue critical operations during and after an emergency or disaster and;
- Develop a framework that will allow for a fast, efficient disaster recovery process following an emergency or disaster.
- Provide direct support to departments and individuals on emergency planning, coordination, and information management.
An overview of what we do:Preparedness and Mitigation:
- Fact: According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for every dollar spent in readiness and preparedness, $7 is saved during disaster recovery.
- Each year, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides hands-on training, workshops and interactive presentations to the UNCG community on various emergency preparedness topics. Since January 2009, the OEM has provided emergency preparedness training to over 2,500 members of the UNCG community (as of November 1, 2010).
- The Office of Emergency Management is charged with developing, and maintaining an all-hazards emergency operations plan for the University. This plan defines and coordinates information, resources and responsibilities during emergencies among the University and partnering agencies.
- Starting in fall 2010, the OEM will begin developing emergency response plans for each facility on campus. This will help to consolidate emergency plans on campus, and make emergency response activities more efficient.
- The OEM conducts various exercises each year to ensure that the University is prepared for any emergency, and ensure that plans perform as expected.
- The OEM works to identify various needs, such as emergency notification systems, to ensure the campus is ready to respond to emergencies and disasters.
- Weather Monitoring and Direct Support: Provide real time information and coordination to various departments and events on potential weather hazards as they develop.
- Emergencies and events creating adverse impacts occur on campus each year. Many emergencies involve limited resources, while some are very resource intensive (including equipment, personnel and financial). The OEM works to provide resource coordination and direct support during emergencies of any size and scope that impact the UNCG community or surrounding area. Recent campus-wide events include severe storms causing wind damage, flooding that caused over $100,000 in damages to the campus, and significant winter weather that impacted the University’s operations.
- The Office of Emergency Management maintains an Emergency Coordination Center, which helps coordinate and direct information and resources during emergencies.
- The OEM coordinates an Emergency Planning and Response Team (EPART), which is comprised of administrators from key departments throughout campus. This team plans for and responds to significant emergencies impacting the campus.
- Starting in 2011, the Office of Emergency Management will work in conjunction with other departments to ensure the University is able to continue essential operations during and after an emergency. Continuity of operations is vital to the fulfilling the mission of the University.
Relevant laws and authorities governing emergency management activities at UNCG:Response activities address the immediate and short-term effects of an emergency or disaster. These activities work to reduce personal injuries, casualties, damage to property, and reduce recovery time. Response activities include coordinating resources, evacuation, warning, and other related operations.
- North Carolina General Statute 166A, as amended
- National Incident Management System: Department of Homeland Security, March 2004
- Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (as amended) 42 U.S.C. 5121
- Emergency Management and Assistance: 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) – 5
- Higher Education Opportunity Act (as amended): Public Law 110-135 August 14, 2008
- US Code, Title 42, Chapter 115, Subchapter 1, sec. 110005, SARA Title III, Sections 301-303, 304 et al
- The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as amended
In the event of any emergency, know who to call:
- On-Campus: Contact Campus Police – 336.334.4444
- Off-Campus: Contact 911
For more information on emergency preparedness at UNCG, contact the
Office of Emergency Management: