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Welcome to the Office of Preparedness and Response

Facilitated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (OVCAS), the Office of Preparedness and Response (OPR) is tasked to ensure the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is adequately prepared to resume and recover operations in the event of any future emergency or major adverse event that may threaten its mission-critical functions, facilities, and/or infrastructure.


The OPR mission is to ensure that the UIC community works together to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards.


The OPR vision is to serve as a proactive physical and virtual portal to promote and guide campus preparations for enhancing UIC’s capabilities and capacities to prepare, respond, prevent and reduce our vulnerability to all hazards. This vision allows the campus to take a more collaborative planning approach with its campus stakeholders to address all aspects of emergency management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. OVCAS will provide strategic guidance, leadership, oversight, technical assistance/information, and system-wide coordination of personnel and resources in support of the campus' emergency management program.


News and Updates

*NEW* UIC Emergency Response pocket guides have arrived! 


As part of UIC’s commitment to individual and campus preparedness, new "Emergency Response Guidelines" pocket guides are now available. This concise, organized pocket guide outlines instructions on how faculty, staff, and students should prepare for and respond to emergency situations that may arise while on campus. 

To request copies please email 1) number of copies being requested and 2) building name and address to where you would like the guides sent (M/C) to Copies will be delivered via campus mail within 2-3 business days.  You may also pickup copies in-person at the Office of Preparedness and Response, located in the Paulina Street Building, 1140 S. Paulina St. Suite 224.

FEMA Course MGT 335: Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals, to be held @ UIC July 28-29, 2015


UIC will play host to a FEMA course designed to educate public safety personnel, campus support staff, as well as local officials, regarding safety and security concerns and considerations involved with planning any event. This course enables participants to recognize and plan adequate strategies and security measures to prevent or mitigate security incidents which may occur during scheduled events.  The course reinforces the importance and magnitude of security planning required to execute a safe and effective event regardless of the size. 

Extreme Weather and Emergency Conditions

Please click here to read about operations of the campus during extreme weather/emergency conditions