What to do: Divisions/Departments/Units

The University of Chicago is a multidisciplinary academic and research institution consisting of numerous divisions, departments, and units. While these divisions, departments, and units all focus on their individual tasks and functions in carrying out the University’s mission, ultimately they all are interconnected and work together under a single organization. This is especially true in the event of an emergency. Different divisions, departments, and units have been assigned responsibilities for preparing, responding, and recovering, and mitigating against emergencies; these responsibilities are specified in the University’s Emergency Management Plan.

This portion of the Emergency Management website will focus what different divisions, departments, and units must to do before, during, and after an emergency.

Emergency Notification

In the event of an emergency, staff will be notified by the cAlert system. If the facility you or your staff works in has been damaged or affected by the emergency, it is recommended to perform call-down using a call-tree to account for everyone’s safety. Further instructions on where to report will be provided.

Departmental Emergency Plan

Continually review, update, and disseminate your department’s emergency plan. This plan will contain procedures for staff safety during an event. To ensure the immediate life safety of staff, it may be necessary to activate Evacuation, Shelter-in-Place, Lockdown, or Social Distancing protocols.

University-Wide Emergency Roles and Responsibilities

In addition to ensuring the safety of staff, your division, department, or unit may have responsibilities to assist the University’s response to the emergency. Refer to the University of Chicago Emergency Management Plan for a listing of these responsibilities.

Continuity of Operations

An emergency may affect your division, department, or unit’s ability to carry out its normal operations as a result of damage to a facility or due to a staffing shortage. Furthermore, additional resources may be occupied by assisting the University response to the immediate emergency. To ensure your division, department, or unit can still fulfill its mission and support the University after an emergency, business continuity protocols should be identified in a Continuity of Operations Plan.