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The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Emergency Management is established within the Department of Environmental Health and Safety; enabling us to serve the University community with a higher level of service and response by combining expertise, training and resources. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is committed to creating a prepared University community of faculty, staff and students through collaborative disaster preparedness and response/recovery training and education. Our goal is to create awareness and provide proactive solutions so they can help themselves, their families and others in emergency situations.

 

Vision

The Office of Emergency Management will strive to provide a disaster-resistant university.

Mission

The mission of the UT Dallas OEM is to coordinate and facilitate effective campus disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities to minimize the impacts of emergencies on the campus community, facilities and environment.

Training

The Office of Emergency Management offers a variety of disaster preparedness training and exercises to fully prepare our campus community.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan establishes a coordinated and collaborative program to systematically assess campus vulnerabilities and develop integrated solutions to prepare this campus in the event of an emergency and to increase campus disaster resiliency.

 

Storm Ready
Emergency Management Team

From Left: Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety, James O. Wright; NWS Warning and Coordination Meteorologist, Mark Fox; Vice President of Administration, Calvin Jamison; Director of Emergency Management, Mariah Armitage; Police Chief Larry Zacharias; and Emergency Management Specialist, Angela Dees.

The University of Texas at Dallas recently re-certified as a National Weather Service StormReady University. StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is designed to arm communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property in the event of a natural disaster. The StormReady program measures preparedness in several categories, all of which UT Dallas surpassed to receive the designation.

To achieve StormReady status, a university must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have multiple means of receiving severe weather warnings and forecasts to alert the public.
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe-weather spotters and holding emergency exercise.

UT Dallas was the first UT System school to receive the designation. Recertification is required every three years.

StormReady communities like The University of Texas at Dallas are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

 

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

The University of Texas at Dallas is also a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™. This program formally recognizes NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards.

 

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Updated: September 24, 2014