Emergency Management

Emergency Management is the strategic organizational management processes used to protect critical assets of an organization from hazard, risks, and vulnerabilities that can cause events like disasters or catastrophes and to ensure the continuance of the organization within their planned lifetime.

Security & Emergency Managements key role is to facilitate and guide the University Of the Fraser Valley in the four critical elements:

  • Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

The Emergency Management Program

UFV is committed to emergency planning and is currently developing initiatives that will create a robust emergency management program, such as:

  • Establishing a permanent Emergency Operations Centre.
  • Adopting, as a foundation for emergency planning, the British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS). The system is based on both the Incident Command System and a comprehensive Management Framework.  BCERMS is a best practice that has been adopted by both provincial and municpal governments in BC.
  • Creating a comprehensive Emergency Management Training and Education plan.
  • Working with departments, Faculty and students to build several types of plans and guidelines to ensure that emergency management is accessible to everyone.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can occur with little or no warning.  By anticipating and preparing, UFV can reduce the impacts to UFV campuses and the surrounding communities. UFV's Emergency Management Plan will provide a framework for planning, responding, and recovering from an emergency.  The Plan is intended to provide guiding principles that, when applied with flexibility, can be utilized for various emergencies and circumstances.  Additional hazard specific plans called Emergency Response Guidelines will address events such as severe weather and earthquakes.

Each department should have its own Departmental Emergency Plan and Business Continuity Plan in the event of a serious incident or significant business interruption.  In any emergency situation, UFV's priorities are to:

  • Provide for safety and health of all responders
  • Save lives
  • Reduce suffering
  • Protect public health
  • Protect UFV infrastructure
  • Protect UFV property
  • Restore UFV operations
  • Protect the environment
  • Reduce economic & social losses

If you would like more information, please contact Brian Leonard at 604.854.4588 or brian.leonard@ufv.ca

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