What's the difference between Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness?
Emergency preparedness is done at the individual and family level. It involves knowing what you and your family would do in an emergency, getting your own emergency kit, and making sure you have access to all of the information you need to be prepared for an emergency. For more information, visit our Emergency Preparedness page.
Emergency Management refers to the activities needed to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies on a community-wide level. This includes identifying possible problems, providing information to the campus, training individuals who will assist during emergencies and conducting exercises to prepare for such emergencies. Here at UTC, Emergency Management means coordinating these actions listed above and the resources needed to bring our campus back to normal operations as soon as possible.
Who is responsible for managing emergencies on the UTC Campus?
Many people on campus are involved. Of course, our first line of defense are our first responders. These responders include UTC and Chattanooga Police, Chattanooga Fire and Hamilton County EMS personnel. Campus resource allocation and decision-making is done by our Emergency Operations Center Team. This team is made up of all of the major functions on campus. These include representatives from the following departments:
- Office of the Provost
- Student Development
- Office of the Chancellor
- Office of Communications and Marketing
- Residence Life
- Facilities, Engineering and Operations
- Information Technology
- Campus Police
- Safety and Risk Management
- Food Services
- Auxiliary Services
- Office of Business Affairs
- Graphic Information Services
The Emergency Operations Team receives strategic guidance from a policy group consisting of the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors of Finance, Operations and Information Technology, Provost and Academic Affairs, Student Development, Development and Alumni Affairs and Athletics.
Who decides if something is an emergency?
As a community of 13,000 people, our campus faces emergencies on a daily basis. Just like in other small cities, most of these don't affect a large part of the population. They include such things as fire alarms, medical emergencies, and burglar alarms. We also monitor for things which might become an emergency including weather and illnesses such as flu outbreaks. For anything other than "routine" emergencies, we have an Emergency Assessment Team. This team is made up of the Executive Director for Public Safety, the Chief of Police, the Director of Safety & Risk Management, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing. This team is charged with deciding the appropriate course of action, assembling the appropriate team, and providing emergency information to the campus.
What kinds of emergencies does UTC plan for?
We actually conduct two types of planning. We plan for specific types of problems including:
- Active Violence
- Significant Camps Damage (Tornadoes, Earthquakes and Floods)
- Infectious Disease Incidents (Pandemic, Foodborne and Biological Attack)
- Campus Disturbances
- Severe Weather
- Information Technology System Disruption
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
We also plan for specific tasks which may be needed during an emergency including:
- Campus Closing Procedures
- Family Support and Reunification
- Crisis Communications and Emergency Alerting
- Emergency Operations Center Operations Procedures
- IACUC Animal Care Plan