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.
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:
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.
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.