The State of Delaware can be threatened by emergency and disaster situations both natural, such as flash floods, hurricanes, winter storms and fires, and man-made, such as hazardous materials accidents, nuclear releases, civil disorders and terrorist threats.
Because the University of Delaware differs in size, complexity, and function from public agencies in the State of Delaware and the County of New Castle, it is prudent for the University to develop an emergency management program of its own to focus on disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
In March 2007, the University created the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator position within the Department of Public Safety. This position, now known as the Emergency Preparedness Manager, reports to the Executive Director of Campus and Public Safety. The Emergency Preparedness Manager is responsible for:
Providing basic guidelines for emergency planning, response, mitigation, and recovery/continuity of operations, as well as reviewing completed plans, coordinating emergency planning, conducting training and related exercises with other jurisdictions and agencies, and responding to assist in the management of emergency incidents; and
Developing and administering the following University emergency plans:
The University of Delaware Emergency Operations Plan;
The University of Delaware All Hazard Mitigation Plan;
The University of Delaware Continuity of Operations Plan; and
The University of Delaware Continuity of Government Plan.
The University of Delaware Emergency Operations Plan (“UD EOP”) is the official emergency operations plan for the University). The purpose of the UD EOP is to provide guidance and structure to the operational and administrative response of the University academic and administrative departments in crisis situations that require activation of part or all of the EOP or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
All suggestions, recommendations or requests for change to the UD EOP or any other University emergency plan should be submitted in writing to the Emergency Preparedness Manager at the University of Delaware Office of Campus and Public Safety, who shall submit changes to the Executive Director of Campus and Public Safety and the Executive Vice President for approval.