Levels of Emergencies

Levels of Emergencies at UIC

Emergency incidents may be generally categorized into the following levels. Individual circumstances or changing conditions may quickly require reassessment and escalation to a higher level of response.

Level 1 - Minor - can be resolved with limited outside assistance

  • Possible Examples: Minor weather incidents; small fires; small electrical outages; contained floods
  • These incidents will generally be handled at the Unit/Department level with the UIC Police, EHSO, Facilities Management and local fire resources
  • Does not require plan activation
  • Localized department or building
  • Quickly resolved
  • No casualties, no threat to life, no panic
  • Emergency contained
  • Minor impact on campus

Level 2 - Major - will generally require external assistance

Possible Examples: Major weather incidents; explosion/fire; demonstration; power outage; contained hazardous material spill; structural failure; major flooding
  • Possible Examples: Major weather incidents; explosion/fire; demonstration; power outage; contained hazardous material spill; structural failure; major flooding
  • Disrupting large portion of campus
  • May require activation of plan
  • Containable threat, limited casualties, limited panic/confusion, clear incident perimeter, limited evacuation, minor injuries
  • Partial evacuation plan; 1-2 buildings
  • EHSO procedures activated
  • Possible overnight sheltering
  • Emergency announcements
  • Mini EOC activated with the following personnel reporting:
    • Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
    • Facilities Management Head
    • Chief of Police
    • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Level 3 - Catastrophic - will always require external assistance

  • Possible Examples: Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN)
  • Incidents; criminal activity, terrorism, explosion/fire, natural disaster; earthquake; active shooter; wide spread medical emergency; mass casualties; uncontained hazardous materials spills
  • Worst case scenario
  • Definitely requires plan activation
  • Severe damage
  • Disaster involving entire campus and/or surrounding community
  • Major impact on campus
  • Wide ranging, not contained or isolated and complex
  • No perimeter
  • Widespread confusion
  • Mass casualties - death
  • Unified Command structure implemented for responding outside agencies
  • EOC activated...All major decision makers report
    • Full evacuation plan
    • Total mobilization
    • Request outside assistance