Emergency Operations Planning at UIC

UIC Emergency Operations Plan

UICEOPIn accordance with applicable federal and state law, this plan is approved and formally adopted as the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). It provides a concept of operations for each phase of emergency management, and is designed to facilitate a timely, effective, efficient, and coordinated university response. It designates areas of responsibility and defines for the university the framework necessary to protect life, secure critical infrastructure and facilities, and restore teaching and research programs following a disaster/emergency.

The EOP identifies the hazards that could affect the campus; sets forth the responsibilities of campus administrative and operational units, local governmental departments and agencies; and outlines a means for local and state resources to be used to assist faculty, staff, students, visitors and various other jurisdictions of the City of Chicago and Cook County. The planning authorities and responsibilities conveyed to individual campus units, schools, colleges, departments, and agencies of local government are recognized and acknowledged. 

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the plan.  Click here to view EOP

Concept of Operations

The role of major administrative units and colleges involved in emergency response will generally parallel normal day-to-day functions, however, personnel may be re-assigned to work in areas and perform duties outside their regular job assignments. Daily operations that do not contribute directly to an emergency may be curtailed for the duration of an emergency. Efforts that would typically be required for routine functions will be redirected, in order to accomplish emergency tasks within the Incident Command System (ICS). When incidents increase in magnitude, additional resources and coordination may be required to support emergency response and recovery efforts.

UIC’s operations are guided by the National Incident Management System (NIMS), as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NIMS provides a national framework enabling federal, state, local and private sector non-governmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity. Consistent with NIMS, UIC’s operations incorporate the basic structure of ICS, while making necessary adjustments and incorporating emergency support functions to meet the unique needs of the university. ICS is the model tool for response command, control, and coordination, and it provides a means to coordinate the efforts of the university and external partners as they work toward the common goal of stabilizing an incident and protecting life, property, and the environment.

This plan is designed to be flexible to be used in any emergency response situation regardless of the size (e.g. local incident or major disaster), type (e.g. active threat, act of terrorism, civil unrest, cyber-attack, earthquake, infrastructure failure, pandemic, etc.), or complexity (e.g. a single act of terrorism impact one system or a complex coordinated attack). Part or all of the components of the plan can be activated as needed to respond to the disaster/emergency.