Building Emergency Coordinator

Building Emergency Coordinator Program

The UC Santa Cruz Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program provides campus standards for evacuation, sheltering, communication and reporting during critical incidences.

One Building Emergency Coordinator Plan Required per Building

The division occupying a majority of space in a building is the default principal for building emergency planning. This division or unit shall delegate a primary and secondary Building Emergency Coordinator.  If the ratio is unclear, units shall collaboratively contribute personnel to fulfill this role. 

Building Emergency Coordinator Role

Building Emergency Coordinators are an invaluable extension of emergency response that works collaboratively with the Office of Emergency Services, department Emergency Action Plans, Campus Police, and area first responders (e.g. Fire Department).  Building Emergency Coordinators and Floor Marshals provide immediate evacuation guidance and accountability of staff following critical incidences. BECs provide rapid visual assessments and onsite reporting, services that are vital to managing a critical incident.  BECs facilitate emergency evacuation assistance requests for persons with access and functional needs.  

Meeting Safety Requirements

The BEC program is established pursuant to the University of California, Policy on Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management. That policy in summary states; “Programs to create and maintain safeguards, security and emergency management are essential to ensure that the University mitigates risks and is able to continue to perform its mission in the event of natural or man-made disasters or other extraordinary events that might disrupt normal operations. These readiness programs are vital in protecting the lives and health of University faculty, staff, students and associates; in minimizing damage to and loss of University property and assets; and in restoring normal University operations as rapidly as possible.”

Steps for Developing a Building Emergency Coordinator Plan
  • Delegate a primary and secondary Building Emergency Coordinator.
  • Register for BEC training at the UCSC Learning Center, query the name of the course to find upcoming course dates.
  • Complete the BEC template (receive at training).
  • Working with department managers, BECs will identify Floor Marshals zones and request Floor Marshal be delegated for those areas.
  • Work with the Office of Emergency Services to test your BEC Plan.
  • Annually, hold evacuation drills (OES will coordinate evacuation drills).