Emergency Operations Planning

UIC All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan

In compliance with federal and state laws, the UIC Campus All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan provides a framework for responding to major emergencies that may threaten the safety and health of the UIC community or disrupt its programs and operations. It also provides guidelines for effective leadership, organization, coordination and unified response.  

UIC is committed to the safety and welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the plan.  Click here to view EOP.

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Procedure / Summary

The Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 mandates creation and maintenance of this plan. It also requires partnering with the county or major municipal emergency management officials to annually review this plan, train and conduct drills and exercises. The UIC Campus Emergency Planning Team will facilitate this function.

The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (VCAS) is the Incident Commander. When a multi-agency response occurs, a Unified Command structure will be implemented in which members of other agencies share responsibility for incident management. The VCAS acts as liaison between Senior Management and the Operations Section. 

Upon notification, the VCAS will categorize the emergency as a Level 1-Minor, Level 2- Major or Level 3-Catastrophic emergency based on the available information at the time. The goal of this plan is to 1) Protect Life 2) Secure critical Infrastructure and Facilities 3) Resume Teaching and Research.

Emergency response priorities are 1) Occupied buildings 2) Buildings critical to security, health and safety 3) Facilities that sustain the emergency response 4) Unoccupied buildings.

Depending on the severity of the incident, it may be resolved with limited outside assistance or may require extensive outside support, activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and complete or partial evacuation of the campus. The EOC may be activated at Level 2 or Level 3. If activated, the EOC will consist of Senior Management (Chancellor/Vice Chancellor Group, University Legal Representative and Human Resource Representative); Incident Commander Staff (Public Information, Liaison Officer, Safety Officer); Operations Section (Police, EHSO, Facilities Management, Intelligence, Military Officers Education Program); Planning Section (Facility & Space Management, Resource Planning & Management, University Audits); Logistics Section (Campus Auxiliary Services, UIC Hospital, Transportation & Grounds, Parking & Mail Services, ACCC, UIC Human Resources); Finance/Administration Section (OBFS, Budgeting & Program Analysis, Materials Management.) The VCAS will consult with Senior Management on such matters as cancellation of classes, evacuation, sheltering, etc.

During Level 1-Minor emergencies, communications may be limited but at Level 2 and Level 3 communications will be expanded to the Short Message System (SMS), UIC Hotline, UIC Home Webpage, UIC Web Mail Accounts, the Audible Alert System, and local media.

Upon de-escalation of an emergency, the VCAS will demobilize the University’s emergency response, and direct efforts to recovery and resumption of operations. The Logistics and Financial Section will document costs associated with the emergency and make every attempt to recover funds via federal, state, county and local sources.

The University also maintains separate, companion unit level Academic and Business Continuity of Operation (COOP) Plans in hard and digital format (via an online software tool, known as University of Illinois Ready) to improve our ability to maintain operations during and after an emergency. These COOP plans interface and compliment the UIC All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan. The COOP was constructed by conducting a campus-wide risk assessment (assessing vulnerabilities & threats), and an Academic and Business Impact Analysis to identify the critical processes and functions that need to be recovered following a disaster.