Emergency Management

Emergency Management is the strategic organizational management process used to protect critical assets of an organization from hazard, risk, and vulnerability to ensure the sustainability of an organization within its planned lifetime.

UFV Security & Emergency Management is charged with the responsibility to address mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery related to risk or threat. 

Emergency Preparedness

UFV's Emergency Management Plan provides a framework in planning for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency. By anticipating and preparing, we can reduce risk to the institution and surrounding community. The Plan provides guiding principles that, when applied with flexibility, can be utilized for various threats, risks, and hazards.

Each department is responsible for its own Departmental Emergency Plan, as well as Business Continuity Plan.

In any emergency situation, UFV's priorities are to:

  • Provide safety and health to 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

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 Management System (BCEMS). 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 faculty, staff, and students to build several types of plans and guidelines to ensure emergency management is accessible to everyone.

For more information, please contact Brian Leonard, Director, Security & Emergency Management at 604.854.4588 or Brian.Leonard@ufv.ca

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