Emergency Management is responsible for campus level emergency planning, response coordination and recovery, including developing and maintaining the campus Emergency Operations Plan. The Director also provides internal consultation to campus divisions and units on the development of their own specific emergency and business continuity plans. This approach looks at the entire life cycle of the emergency, from the period before the emergency occurs (sometimes years in advance) through the event and into the post-emergency recovery phase.

Four Phases of Emergency Management

  • Mitigation - eliminating or minimizing hazards that may result in a major emergency
  • Preparedness - preparing to deal with hazards that cannot be controlled
  • Response - responding to emergency situations that do occur
  • Recovery - returning to a level of normalcy after an emergency has occured

The Director of Emergency Management leads the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during major emergencies and planned events, and also serves as the primary campus liaison to the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and other local, state, and federal emergency planning groups.

UCSC Emergency Operations Plan

The UCSC Emergency Operations Plan is an evolving document developed to address the unique challenges and opportunities that UC Santa Cruz presents with respect to emergency management.

The UCSC Emergency Operations Plan is currently under review and will be published at a later date.