The purpose of The University of Georgia (UGA) Campus Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is to establish policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities and an organizational structure for responses to a major emergency. The UGA CEMP incorporates operating procedures from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) for handling emergencies resulting from various potential disasters that could impact the UGA campus. Developed in March 2004, NIMS establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all levels of government will use to conduct response operations.
The UGA CEMP has been designed as a strategic plan to provide the administrative procedures necessary to cope with most campus emergencies. Any University’s overall ability to respond to an emergency will rely upon building emergency plans and business continuity plans developed by its individual departments.
The purpose of any plan is to enable emergency responders and staff to perform essential emergency planning and response functions that will save lives; establish responsibilities necessary to performing these functions; prevent, minimize and repair damage; and ensure continuity of operations so that essential services may continue to be provided to the University and its clients.
The UGA CEMP assigns roles and responsibilities to departments and units that are directly responsible for emergency response efforts and critical support services and provides a management structure for coordinating and deploying essential resources.