Response Operations

Response operations will be managed using a functional-based approach.  Through a hazard analysis, several functions needed to respond effectively to emergencies were identified.  Primary and supporting responsibility for performing each function was assigned to University units, divisions, and departments that have similar everyday business functions. 

Upon activation of a Functional Annex, personnel will manage on-scene activities through plans and procedures for that particular operation.  All on-scene activities and operations will be managed using NIMS, specifically ICS.  For detailed procedures for how each Functional annex will be implemented, please see each Functional Annex at the end of this plan.

Functional annexes are activated at the discretion of the Emergency Director and are based on the requirements of the emergency.  The below is a list of the Functional annexes identified.  For assignment of primary and support responsibilities, please see the Organization and Assignment of Responsibilities Section of the EMP.

  • Direction, Control, and Coordination
  • Communications Infrastructure
  • Continuity of Operations
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Public Information
  • Evacuation
  • Mass Care
  • Health and Medical
  • Resource Management
  • Damage Assessment
  • Shelter-in-Place
  • Energy
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Warning and Notification
  • Information Sharing and Intelligence
  • Lockdown
  • Reunification and Family Assistance
  • Critical Incident Stress Management

Emergency Operations Center

Depending on the size and scope of the emergency, the Emergency Director may activate the EOC.  The role of the EOC is to provide coordination of resources and information sharing.  The EOC will support on-scene operations and will be made up of high level representatives of various units involved in emergency response, including those from any Functional Annex that has been activated. 

The EOC is capable of being opened in primary and alternate locations.