Preparedness Operations

Preparedness operations are pre-disaster activities undertaken with the goal of enhancing capability of responders thus, enabling the safety of students and staff.  Preparedness activities at the University of Chicago fall into a continuous cycle of planning, education, training, exercising, evaluating, and corrective action. 

The Preparedness Section of the EMP summarizes the major activities undertaken and resources available during this phase.

Mass Notification

The University utilizes its cAlert system in sending warnings to staff and students regarding potential hazards.  All students and staff are required to sign up for the cAlert system.

Public Address Systems
Speakers are positioned throughout the campus, both internally within buildings and eternally on campus grounds, which can relay messages about current or potential hazards.

Emergency Phones

The University has dozens of emergency phone locations throughout the campus.  Emergency phones have the capability of dialing UCPD and also possess cameras to monitor the environment.

Access Control

The University has the capability to control access to facility entrance ways through an ID card- activated access control system.  Additionally, access to doors can be locked remotely from alternate locations.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Program

The University Comprehensive Emergency Management Program is a programmatic approach to emergency management that stresses hazard analysis, planning, training, exercising, and corrective action.  The program is cyclical in nature.  It sets goals to develop responder capabilities that are required for commonly occurring hazards.  This is accomplished by developing plans, training responders on procedures identified within plans, exercising and analyzing the performance of responders in the execution of these procedures, and incorporating lessons learned back into to planning to improve capability and refine procedures.