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Office of Emergency Preparedness Policy

Office of Emergency Preparedness

View policy pdf: Office of Emergency Preparedness Policy

Established in 2002 following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the University of Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness’ mission is to provide a comprehensive homeland security and emergency management program for the University of Georgia in order to save lives, protect property, promote continuity of operations, and reduce the overall effects of large-scale disasters.


Responsible University Senior Administrator: Vice President for Finance and Administration

Responsible University Administrator:  Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration

Policy Owner: Office of Emergency Preparedness

Policy Contact: Steven Harris, Director

Phone: 706-542-5845

The Office of Emergency Preparedness

  • Develops, tests, reviews, revises, and distributes the University's Emergency Operations Plan, Pandemic Influenza Response Plan, Pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan, and other emergency plans as warranted

  • Oversees the management of the UGAAlert system, the University's emergency mass notification system

  • Manages the Building Safety and Security Representatives (BSSR) Program and provides emergency planning guidance, training, and recordkeeping

  • Activates and manages the University's Emergency Operations Center in the event of a large-scale emergency

  • Monitors campus-wide compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) regulations and ensures required training is provided, and records maintained, for all campus responders

  • Coordinates the campus Community Emergency Response Team (UGA CERT) program at UGA

  • Develops, conducts, and coordinates drills and exercises including community-wide exercises, campus exercises, building drills, and departmental exercises (tabletop, functional and full-scale)

  • Coordinates the setup and activation of emergency shelters (human and animal) and Public Health emergency sites utilizing UGA facilities

  • Assesses threats and implements safeguards based on current trends and events

  • Manages the campus Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program

  • Conducts risk assessments and develops departmental and site specific emergency plans for Athens locations and other UGA campuses and research sites

  • Designs, develops, and delivers training, newsletters, and other informational brochures for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing, preparing for, and responding appropriately to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies

  • Maintains a comprehensive Website for communicating timely information to the University community

  • Investigates, develops, and implements UGA policies and procedures related to homeland security and emergency preparedness issues

  • Coordinates campus events to highlight emergency preparedness and security awareness

  • Serves on campus, University System, local, state, and national homeland security and emergency preparedness committees

  • Coordinates on-campus community service volunteer classes to encourage participation by faculty, staff, and students

  • Encourages a service-learning attitude among University students

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