Emergency Management

This policy establishes the Emergency Management Plan for UALR and assigns responsibilities for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the plan.

Overview:

  1. Emergency Planning Prioritization Criteria
  2. Scope/Authority
  3. Purpose of the Emergency Management Plan
Contents:
Emergency Planning Prioritization Criteria
  1. Protect human life; prevent/minimize personal injury
  2. Protect the environment
  3. Prevent/minimize damage to physical assets, including structures, animals, and research data
  4. Restore normal operations
Scope/Authority

The Emergency Management Plan applies to all units of UALR. This plan is the basic framework for emergency preparedness. It is not intended to cover every unitā€™s individual needs. Each unit is encouraged to supplement this plan to suit their own needs while remaining in compliance with this plan.

All requests for procedural changes, suggestions, or recommendations should be submitted in writing to the vice chancellor for finance and administration.

Purpose

UALR shall conduct continuous planning to minimize the risk of personal injury and property loss from critical incidents; shall cooperate with public bodies and agencies charged with disaster control; and shall take necessary and prudent steps to assure continuity of operations and restoration of normal activities as quickly as possible following an emergency or a disaster.

UALR is committed to supporting the welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Preparing a campus emergency management plan and allocating resources to respond to possible emergencies is one way in which the university offers this support.

The plan is fashioned in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies that govern crisis/emergency preparedness and reflects the best and most current thinking in this area.

The Emergency Management Plan is designed to maximize human survival and preservation of property, minimize danger, restore normal operations of the university, and assure responsive communications within the university, surrounding neighborhoods, and cities.

This plan is set in operation whenever a natural or induced crisis affecting the university reaches proportions that cannot be handled by established measures.

A crisis may be sudden and unforeseen, or there may be varying periods of warning. This plan is intended to be sufficiently flexible to accommodate contingencies of all types, magnitudes, and duration.

The plan provides for aiding the local communities when appropriate, though the prime responsibility of the plan is to the university community for which it is designed. The intent is for the plan to be viewed as a tool to accomplish the above stated purpose with a minimum of confusion and wasted effort.

Additionally, it is believed that a coordinated response to campus emergencies will provide the following outcomes:

  • A more rapid response to critical incidents
  • A more systematic and routine approach to emergency incidents
  • A venue for promptly identifying and supporting university decision makers
  • A system for evaluating all emergency events with the goal of providing improved plans to protect lives and property as well as reduce exposure to vicarious liability, and improved management of public information.

This plan focuses on the following types of crises:

This policy is based on the Department of Justice document entitled ā€œThe School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspectiveā€ issued by the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) at the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.