Ana M. Bastias, Program Assistant
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Being prepared and planning ahead is critical as recent emergencies on a national and local level have underscored the importance of such activities. FAU strives to continuously revise and improve its emergency plans, procedures and emergency organizational/operations structure to align with a changing world and, by extension, changing threats.
University emergency planning builds on unit emergency planning and addresses how the University effectively responds to and recovers from emergency events. The University’s emergency operations structure consists of:
In an emergency situation, the President or designee implements the appropriate emergency plans and meets with the Executive Leadership Team to provide instructions to ensure maximum coordination. The President or designee, in the event of an emergency event or threat, exercises the authority to close one or more campuses of Florida Atlantic University, if deemed appropriate, with notification to the Chancellor of the State University System.
Executive Policy Group (EPG)
This group provides guidance and makes decisions in response to emergency situations/events. This group determines how, when, and what to communicate to the University community during emergencies. It provides counsel and advises the President and provides direction to the Emergency Operations Team on emergency-related policy making such as closing facilities, moving services to alternate locations, suspending academic and support service activities, and resuming normal operations.
Emergency Operations Team (EOT)
This team provides situational awareness and other pertinent information to the EPG. This team executes the emergency-related policies determined by the EPG and establishes response strategies and tactics, deploy resources, and initiate the recovery process.
Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. They can be caused by severe weather, infectious diseases, spills, or by intentional acts. The very nature of an emergency is unpredictable and can change in scope and impact.
Unit emergency planning is vital to the ability of the University to effectively respond to and recover from emergency events. All University units are required to have Emergency Response Plans and Continuity of Operations Plans. Some University units may also be required to have additional or more specific plans. At a minimum, all plans must address the following items:
i. Preparing for emergency events; updating notification trees, identifying and stocking emergency supplies etc.;
ii. Evacuating and sheltering-in-place procedures in an emergency and for response to fires, bomb threats, chemical spills, hurricanes, etc.;
iii. Assessing damage to facilities and equipment and resources; and
iv. Activating continuity of operations plans and performing mission essential functions either at the primary or an alternate site.
All units are required to review and revise their plans at least once a year. Plan review should also occur as a result of, but is not limited to, the following circumstances:
a) Organizational restructuring within the unit or that affects the unit, such as University-wide reorganization (this includes changes in unit name)
b) Changes in personnel or assigned responsibilities
c) Changes in unit facilities (this includes location or layout)
President’s Emergency Planning Memo
Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Information:
|Unit Emergency Response Plan (UERP) Guide & Template||Word PDF|
|Unit Emergency Response Plan (UERP) Template Only||Word PDF|
Continuity of Operations (COOP) Information
|Unit Emergency Response Plan (UCOOP) Guide & Template||Word PDF|
|Unit Emergency Response Plan (UCOOP) Template Only||Word PDF|
COOP Plan Audit Table (use to help complete your plan)
FEMA COOP Resources:
Unit Pandemic Influenza Plan
|Unit Pandemic Influenza Plan Guide & Template||Word PDF|
|Unit Pandemic Influenza Plan Template Only||Word PDF|