Building Emergency Coordinator

Building Emergency Coordinator Program

The UC Santa Cruz Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program provides the campus with standard procedures for emergency evacuations, sheltering, communications and reporting during critical incidences.


Visit the Resiliency Planning page to download the Building Emergency Plan templates and to view information related to training and related information. 

Who Should Prepare a Building Emergency Plan?

The division occupying a majority of space within a building is the default principal of the building and is the party responsible for developing a Building Emergency Plan and for delegating a Primary Building Emergency Coordinator.  This party may also delegate the backup Building Emergency Coordinator or they may recruit a backup from another division or department in the building.  If the occupancny ratio is unclear, units shall collaboratively contribute personnel to fulfill these roles. 

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 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 Plan
  • Delegate a primary and secondary Building Emergency Coordinator.
  • Register for BEC training at the UCSC Learning Center, query "Building Emergency Coordinator" to find upcoming course dates.
  • Complete the Building Emergency Plan template (received after 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). 
  • Click here for answers on "How to Plan a Fire Drill.'