DPSS Emergency Management

Emergency Management serves the U-M community in its efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to and recover from the broad range of emergencies that may adversely impact our people, operations and environment. In preparation for an emergency, we are responsible for helping the campus community cooperate with primary emergency response teams including: UMPD, OSEH, Plant Operations, Ann Arbor Fire and Huron Valley Ambulance.

Our Goals

  • Emergency Management will provide services that promote emergency preparedness through partnerships, collaboration, guidance and other activities to support the needs of the University
  • Emergency Management will lead the University in development, dissemination and application of emergency preparedness programs using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions
  • Emergency Management programs will be integrated into university activities
  • Emergency Management activities will incorporate the values of quality, responsibility, accountability, trust, diversity, flexibility and respect

Our Principles

We use an "All Hazards" approach that encompasses the five phases of emergency management: prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. This approach is set in place to protect people, property, assets and the environment within the university community. The following components play a vital role in our success:

  • Planning
  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Mitigation
  • Training
  • Exercising
  • Assessments
  • Emergency response and recovery coordination
  • Continuity of operations
  • Internal and external partnerships and collaboration

Six core principles serve as the foundation of the all-hazards emergency preparedness at the University of Michigan:

  1. People: Health and safety of faculty, staff, students, hospital patients, contractors, renters and any other people on university premises
  2. Health care: Delivery of health care and hospital patient services: admissions, diagnostic tests, outpatient appointments, surgery and other procedures
  3. Research: continuation and maintenance of research specimens, animals, biomedical specimens, research archives
  4. Academics: Delivery of teaching/learning process and student-related services: registration, faculty assignments, classroom scheduling, drop/add, financial aid services, government reports, grades, admissions, housing
  5. Facilities: Security and preservation of university facilities and equipment
  6. Community: Maintenance of support for community/university partnerships and the general public

Our Tasks

Emergency Management is committed to providing the following services to our campus community:

  • Emergency response plan development and review.
  • Training
  • Drills and exercises
  • Unit preparedness assessments and analysis
  • Community partnership and outreach
  • Program evaluation
  • Facilitating the development of emergency communications
  • Public preparedness resources
  • Emergency operations center management
  • Continuity of operations plan development and review