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Emergency Response

The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the Emergency Operation Plan (EOP). This plan is designed to be an all-hazards disaster response and emergency management plan that complies with FEMA guidelines for Higher Education that includes planning, mitigation, response, and recovery actions. The EOP includes information about teams, priorities and performance expectations, shelter-in place and evacuation guidelines, and local contingency and continuity planning requirements.

Notification – In an effort to provide notice to the campus community in the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Chief of Police or his designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” or “emergency notifications” will be issued. The notice  will be issued by the UNCG Police through the university emergency notification system to students, faculty, and staff via an email message and text message in cases that pose an imminent threat to campus.

Preparation – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has made emergency preparedness a priority, and is dedicated to providing a safe campus environment. Emergencies can develop from many situations. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) defines preparedness as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.”

Planning – The University maintains an Emergency Operation Plan and a Crisis Communication Plan, which can be activated during emergencies that require a coordinated effort between University departments and officials. The planning process (1) identifies the goals or objectives to be achieved, (2) formulates strategies to achieve them, (3) arranges or creates the means required, and (4) implements, directs, and monitors all steps in their proper sequence.

Training – In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, the UNCG Police Department regularly participates in the National Incident Management (NIMS) Training Program. More specifically the Incident Command System (ICS) courses offered online and in person for all first responders.  ICS is a standardized management tool for meeting the demands of small or large emergency or non-emergency situations. It represents “best practices” and has become the standard for emergency management across the country.

Coordination – UNCG Emergency Management works to coordinate all actions and activities geared toward our collective response. Coordination is the organization of the different elements of a complex activity so as to enable them to work together effectively. UNCG Emergency Management facilitates, builds consensus, and helps to define the individual roles of individual departments, the Emergency Planning and Response Team, and the Chancellor’s Policy Group.

Drills & Exercises – To better prepare for threats to campus security, UNCG conducts regular full-scale and table top exercises with all of our campus and community partners. As time continues to move forward, the university continues to adapt as well. Every threat may not be predictable, but the ability to prepare is.

Response – UNCG also has in place an Emergency Planning and Response Team (EPART) and the Chancellor’s Policy Group to help coordinate planning efforts and respond to urgent situations when they arise. EPART is comprised of key administrative personnel from various departments and offices from across the campus that offer critical resources and operational support for emergency response and recovery. Combined with our local, state, and federal partners enables us to appropriately scale our response.

Recovery –  The definition of recovery is the process of returning a community to “normal.” Recovery does not happen on it’s own and one of the four cycles of disaster management. The recovery phase of disaster can be broken into two periods. The short-term phase typically lasts from six months to one year and involves delivering immediate services. The long-term phase, which can reach beyond a year or more, requires thoughtful strategic planning and action to address more serious or permanent impacts of a disaster. Regardless of the time required, UNCG is dedicated to the recovery process.