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UVM Office of Emergency Management, Department of Risk Management and Safety, and Department of Police Services, are pleased to offer the UVM Ready Coordinator program. This program supports the planning efforts of campus departments for a variety of emergencies that may arise and require immediate response. As with any safety program, the institution's responsibilities for emergency planning can only be met with help and participation from departments across campus.

Program development work that is legally required to meet the OSHA regulation occasionally leads faculty or staff to make inquiries regarding personal liability. For this reason, this is a good time to remind all participants that they are not held individually liable for work that helps to meet UVM's compliance requirements as an institution. Work undertaken in the UVM Ready Coordinator program is covered by the UVM Officer and Employee Indemnification Policy.

Steps for Program Implementation:

Review UVM's Emergency Operations Plan

Provide Your Contact Information:
Sign up!  Fill out the UVM Ready Coordinator Information and Facility Survey to record key Departmental Emergency Contact information for your work area.
NOTE: If your department has multiple locations, please complete the survey for each physical location. For example: Part of UVM Risk and Safety resides at 284 East Ave and another part at 667 Spear St - each location has its own contacts and a site-specific floor plan.

Training and Exercising

Preparedness takes practice and it's far better to know what you'll do in an emergency by testing yourself and your team before that emergency strikes.  The Office of Emergency Management, Department of Risk and Safety, and UVM Police Services can assist you with training and exercise opportunities including:

Fire evacuation and safety
Active Shooter
National Incident Management System
First aid and CPR
Stop the Bleed

Incident Command System Independant Study: 

IS-100.c  Introduction to the Incident Command System
IS-700.a  National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.c   National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-200.b  ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Risk management and Safety also provide a plethora of training resources on their Training Page

General Preparedness on Campus

  • Keep your CatAlert information up to date.
  • Review the PDF icon2017 Campus Emergency Poster.pdf and post a copy in your work area.
  • Carry your UVM CATcard at all times for identification and access on campus.
  • As you use your CATcard to access buildings, please do not allow unknown people to enter the building behind you.
  • During hours of darkness, walk only in lighted areas, and be aware of nearby "blue light" emergency phones.
  • Report any activity or objects out of place to UVM Police Services (911 or 656-3473)
  • For any building you use, always know two exits that don't require the use of an elevator.
  • Always evacuate if the fire alarm sounds.
  • In the event of an incident outside, stay inside the building you are in unless advised otherwise by public safety officials.
  • In the event of an incident in your building, take your UVM CATcard, purse, wallet, keys, and cell phone, then leave and go to another place of safety on campus.
  • Have a communication plan for contacting family members, and include someone who lives in another area code who can pass a message home.
  • During an emergency, stay in touch with what is happening on campus by calling the UVM Emergency Information Line (656-0000), checking the UVM homepage (www.uvm.edu), and monitoring your UVM e-mail account.

Emergency Planning:

Based on the risks identified in completing your survey, choose applicable topics from the UVM Ready Coordinator Training Materials to discuss at department meetings. To track annually required training, create a roster for department members to use as a sign-in or use a PDF iconICS 211 Personnel Check In form. Keep a copy of the roster with materials reviewed annually for your training files. 
If you have a faculty or staff member that has special needs during an evacuation process, please contact john.marcus@uvm.edu as soon as you begin your program implementation.

Maintaining Program

Keep your department contact information current by re-completing the survey at least annually or as information changes.
Update evacuation maps as necessary based on changes in floor plans or meeting areas for your building.
Complete a documented training at least annually and whenever a new person joins your department. If you have visitors or areas in your department used for classes or meetings, post a current copy of the evacuation map including designated meeting place in a conspicuous area of the room.
Practice evacuations will be conducted at intervals determined by your specific situation.