Emergency Response Plan
We can best prepare to meet the challenges presented during emergencies by working together, both within the university and through the emergency response and support agencies in Douglas County and the City of Omaha. The ERP includes a chain of command that establishes the authority and responsibilities of campus officials and staff members.
The emergency response plan is initiated whenever a crisis, man-made or natural, disrupts operations, threatens life or creates major damage to the university. The ERP is considered an "all hazards" document, but specific action steps have also been documented for the following incidents:
Anthrax or Suspicious Packages
Hazardous Materials Spill
Pandemic / Communicable Disease
Violent or Criminal Behavior
The UNO emergency response plan is designed to provide framework and guidance for coordinated response to campus emergencies. The plan does not replace procedures for safety, hazardous materials response or other emergency measures that exist within a department. This plan supplements those procedures with a temporary crisis management structure, which provides a managerial focus on response operations and an early transition to recovery operations.
Authority / Implementation
The responsibility for the safety and welfare of students, faculty, staff and visitors of the university rests with the Chancellor. To fulfill this responsibility, the Chancellor will grant the Incident Commander the authority and resources to accomplish incident management objectives.
The Incident Commander, through the Public Information Officer, will contact the Executive Group when a potential crisis arises. The Executive Group at UNO includes the Chancellor, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.
Incident Command Organization (ICO) Lead Team
The Incident Command Organization (ICO) Lead Team is the core to the UNO emergency operations organization. The ICO Lead Team coordinates, plans and organizes drills and exercises with local emergency response teams to maximize effectiveness when the need arises. Most emergencies can be handled through the Lead Team, Omaha fire and police and Campus Security. Additional members of the ICO will be contacted depending on the magnitude of the event. The
ICO Lead Team includes:
Incident Commanders: S. Schleifer, J. Amend, D. Shipp
Safety Officers: P. Kosel, P. Wheeler, T. Davis
Public Information Officers: E. Owen, C. Reed, G. Baker
Incident Command System (ICS)
The Emergency Response Plan is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), an emergency management system structure adopted throughout the U.S.
It also stems from the National Incident Management System and various directives from the Department of Homeland Security. The ICS helps with coordination between different agencies by reducing duplication of effort, using common terminology, integrating communication and establishing a unified command during an emergency event.
In the event of a large scale emergency, UNO staff from each of the following sections will be contacted to assist with the response effort: Operations, Logistics, Planning, Liaison, Finance and Administrative Support.
The university has a number of methods to communicate emergency messages or update the university on campus closings or emergency status.
- All-campus email
e2Campus text message and email alerts
Emergency banner on the UNO homepage
- Overhead pages and indicator lights on campus
Emergency information line
PC scrolling messages
Depending on the circumstances and urgency, the messages will be generated through Campus Security or University Communications.
The university will continually review, train and exercise the emergency response plan and will collaborate with local emergency response agencies to foster relationships and coordinate responsibilities. These preparedness and response plans will help provide a smooth transition to restoring normal services and implementing recovery programs.