UGA Campus Emergency Response Team



UGA Campus Emergency Response Team
Planning For Emergencies
Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness
University of Georgia
Course Objectives
• Provide an overview of campus challenges
pertaining to emergency planning/response
• Discuss campus emergency notification methods
• Review common building emergency responses
• Highlight measures you can take a manager to be
more prepared for an emergency
What we have to overcome
Why is Emergency Planning
• Actions taken to increase safety can be worthwhile on a daily
basis and not just in an emergency
• Your staff and students can learn from your planning efforts
• A rapid response to an emergency can prevent injuries, save
lives and allow for a more rapid return to normal operations
• Emergency responders may not be immediately available so
parking operators need to self reliant until emergency
responders can get on scene
What is OSEP’s Mission?
• Develop, test, revise the overall UGA
Emergency Operations Plan (EOP),
Pandemic Response Plan and other
campus plans
• Manage the UGAAlert program and the
Campus CERT program
• Conduct risk assessments and manage the
Building Safety and Security
Representatives (BSSR) program
• Manage UGA’s AED program
• Organize and facilitate exercises and drills
• Conduct training classes and information
campaigns for faculty, staff and students
UGA Response
Start with 706-542-2200 or 911
UGA Hazards, Risks and
Severe weather (tornados, flooding)
Utilities disruption
Winter storms
Information security issues
Mass casualties incidents
Major structure fires
Hazardous materials incidents
Workplace violence/Active shooters
“All Hazards” Approach
Emergency Planning at UGA
Planning &
Departmental & Building Level
Planning & Preparedness
Individual Planning &
Building Safety and Security Representatives
Deans, Directors and Department Heads designate
primary and back-up BSSRs for each building to
handle emergency planning (UGA policy)
BSSRs will organize Building Safety Teams comprised
of representatives from each department in the
building to create a Building Emergency Action Plan
To find out who the BSSR is for your building, log on
UGA Campus Emergency Response Team
Community Emergency Response Team
Basic emergency training
Grant funded federal program
Currently 126 volunteers from nine
Disaster Preparedness
Light Search & Rescue
Basic First Aid
Disaster Psychology
Fire Safety
Participated in the Stadion Golf Classic,
UGA Emergency Preparedness Fair, and
volunteered for the Active Shooter
Emergency Guidebook
Smaller version of the Emergency Response Plan
Includes information on:
Emergency Contacts
Emergency Notification System
Preparing for Emergencies
Evacuating People with Disabilities
Students in Distress – BARC
Fire information
Tornado/ Severe Weather
Medical Emergency
Winter Storm
Suspicious Package
Bomb Threat
Active Shooter
Chemical Spill
Utility Failure
Civil Disturbance/ Demonstration
Provided to BSSRs
Currently creating a wallet version for UGA Students
Emergency Notification at UGA
UGAAlert System
Tornado Sirens
UGA Home Page
NOAA Weather Radios
UGA Cablevision
Emergency Screen
Capture System
• ArchNews email
• Social Networks
• Desktop Alerting (soon!)
UGAAlert Myths
• UGAAlert will be used for all campus
• UGAAlert is activated by breaking glass
and pressing a “red button”
• UGAAlert will call everyone at the same
• There is no need to update my
emergency contact information at
• UGA Police Dispatch (542-2200 or 911)
should be called to confirm a UGAAlert
• UGAAlert is the only method that the
campus should depend on for emergency
UGAAlert Facts
• UGAAlert will be used for campus-wide
emergencies that require immediate
• UGAAlert is tested twice a year
• UGA Police Communications personnel
and others receive training several times
a year
• OSEP develops an after action report
after each activation and test to capture
strengths and improvement areas
• UGAAlert activation procedures and
training are in place on the Gwinnett and
Griffin campuses
• Based on the April 2011 activation:
-67,365 phone calls
-62,441 e-mails
-26,226 SMS text messages
Tornado Watches and Warnings
• When a Watch is issued for your area,
conditions are favorable for that type of severe
• When a Warning is issued for your area,
immediate action is required.
3 Tornado Sirens on campus:
Chemistry Building
Family Housing
Botanical Gardens
One located downtown
Tornado Safety Tips
When a Tornado Watch is
• Make sure you have several methods to
receive emergency instructions
• Think of where your building shelter area is
• Remember vehicles and parking decks are
not safe areas
• Prepare for a warning to be issued
• Watch for approaching weather
• Check NOAA Radio/AM/FM Radio/T.V.
• Inform patrons who enter parking decks
Tornado Safety Tips
When a Tornado Warning is issued:
Alert students/staff in the immediate area
Find a safe shelter area in a permanent structures
Inform other staff in vehicles, etc.
Move to the lowest level immediately
Avoid exit doors, windows, and skylights
Wait for “All Clear” from the NWS or emergency
• Check for injuries/structure damage (if it is safe to
do so)
• Call the University Police if there are injuries, trees
down, building damage, etc.
Union University (2-5-08)
Fire Evacuation
• Evacuate quickly and calmly
• Do not use elevators
• If there is a significant amount of
smoke, get low to the ground
• Feel a door/doorknob before opening
• Know where your final evacuation
areas are located
• Assist persons with special needs or
mobility issues
• Public Safety officials will give the “all
clear” to re-enter the building
Bomb Threat Responses
• If you receive the threat call
find out when, where, location,
kind of bomb, why and who
• Look for anything out of the
• Don’t touch suspicious objects
• Limit use of cell phones/radios
near suspicious package or
• Take your belongings with you
if you are instructed to
evacuate the building
Suspicious Packages and Letters
Suspicious items could be a letter or package from an unknown sender or
an item in your building or classroom that is odd or out of place
Call the UGA Police
Do not touch, open, taste or move suspicious items!
Overpressure Devices or “Bottle Bombs”
Ingredients for Disaster:
-1 Soda Bottle
-Toilet Bowl Cleaner
-Aluminum Foil (strips)
“Bottle Bombs” have been used across the nation with more
frequency. There are many Internet sites that provide information on
how to construct these devices. Do not take them lightly as they
have the potential to cause serious injuries.
Warning: Devices should not be made unless Law Enforcement or Fire Training Event!!!
“Bottle Bombs”
Medical Emergencies
Immediately call 542-2200 or 911
Provide as much information to the dispatcher as possible
Stay on the phone as long as you are instructed to do so
Have a staff member or student meet EMS outside and
escort them to the victim
• Render assistance based on your level of training
AED – Automated External
• Created a campus-wide AED oversight committee
that developed program guidelines to ensure
consistency in purchasing, placement, training,
maintenance and departmental oversight of AEDs
on UGA properties.
• Currently there are 53 AEDs on UGA properties
including the Main Campus, Griffin Campus,
Skidaway Island, and the Tifton Campus
Definition of an Active Shooter
• An active shooter is a person
actively engaged in killing and
wounding people in a populated
area using a firearm as a weapon
• Threat is not contained and there is
immediate risk of injury and death
• Shooter may be suicidal
• Examples
 Columbine
 Virginia Tech
 Northern Illinois University
 University of Texas (1966)
 Fort Hood, Texas
Your Options in an Active Shooter
• Escape
• Hide/Barricade
• Fight Back
Earthquake Risk Map
Seismic Activity in Georgia
Earthquake Response
• Damage from earthquake comes from:
 Structure falling, parts of room falling, items in room
• Store heavier items closer to the ground
• Drop, cover and hold
 Drop to the ground
 Take cover under sturdy piece of furniture
 Hold on to it and be prepared to move with it
• If you are in a high rise building and not near a desk or table, move
against an interior wall, protect your head with your arms
• Prepare for aftershocks
Staff and Students with
• You may have students with
special needs
Mobility issues
Sight issues
Hearing impairment
• Consider what you would
do with those students in an
 You may want to discuss this
with the student
“Spread the Word, Not the Flu”
What You Should Do
• Get Flu Shot (seasonal and H1N1 when available)
• Practice Healthy Habits
 Wash hands, cover cough, stay home if you are sick, don’t
touch eyes/mouth
 Get plenty of sleep, exercise, drink fluids, eat healthy,
manage stress
• If you get sick
Stay home and avoid contact with other people
Seek medical attention within first two days
Sleep, drink liquids, avoid alcohol & tobacco
Use OTC medications to lessen symptoms
How You Can Be More Prepared for
Building Emergencies
• Include emergency response discussions in your meetings
• Advise staff and students of the location of evacuation
routes and tornado shelter areas in the building
• Heed all warnings, fire alarms and emergency notifications
all the time
• Participate in any drills or exercises in your building
• Consider taking a CPR/First Aid course and fire
extinguisher training
Additional Classes Offered by OSEP
• Emergency Preparedness Class
• Building Safety and Security Representatives (BSSR)
• Campus Emergencies: Responses to Violence
• DawgWatch: Preventing Acts of Terrorism on the UGA
• Incident Command System (ICS)100
• National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS 700
• Pandemic Flu Preparedness
• Travel Safety and Security
• Plan, Prepare, React: Active Shooter Response Options
Contact Information
Office of Security and
Emergency Preparedness
Hodgson Oil Building
286 Oconee Street, Suite 200 S
Athens, Ga. 30602
[email protected]

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