As part of the Division of Public Safety, the Office of Emergency Management coordinates emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Using an all-hazard approach, we’re responsible for the development, implementation, training and review of UConn’s Emergency Operations Plan and Business Continuity Plan. The Office of Emergency Management coordinates preparedness efforts and emergency training of staff, faculty, and students across every UConn campus.
The mission of the University of Connecticut Office of Emergency Management is to utilize a proactive and comprehensive leadership approach in all-hazard preparedness, response, recovery, and prevention planning. The coordination of these resources thereby ensure assistance and support for the protection of life and property, incident stabilization and business continuity to the University’s campuses and communities.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at the Public Safety complex in Storrs, CT. When an emergency occurs, the EOC is activated and staffed with appropriate University professionals. These individuals allocate and direct University resources to address any issues the crisis at hand may present across all campuses. This allows for one central agency to most effectively, efficiently coordinate all response and restoration efforts. The EOC provides a variety of communication methods that are linked to the statewide Office of Emergency Management. Examples that could result in EOC activation include severe weather events, violent acts on campus, increased threat levels, evacuation, etc. All members of the UConn EOC are trained in their particular roles, allowing for immediate activation if required.
Business Continuity Planning
Business continuity planning identifies essential functions of the University and establishes a set of procedures and resources to maintain operations during crisis. All colleges, divisions, and departments of the University establish their own essential continuity operations, which are then combined to form the UConn Business Continuity Plan. Business continuity planning allows the University to minimize service disruptions, reduce business losses, and establish an order of succession for crucial leadership. Most importantly, business continuity planning will ensure the survivability of UConn during severe crises. The planning process involves essential function identification, an analysis of how each function affects the University, and plans and resources to maintain each function.
Storm Ready University
UConn’s Emergency Management Program has earned a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, the first awarded to a college or university in Connecticut. To be recognized as StormReady, a university must have a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; create a system that monitors weather conditions locally; promote the importance of public readiness; and develop a formal severe weather plan.