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The Four Pillars of Emergency Management

About the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness

The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) develops and communicates the University's key emergency policies, strategies, plans and procedures across Grounds. We help the institution plan, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies, large and small.  

Areas of Responsibility

  • Oversee and administer the University's AED program, including coordinating the expansion and upgrade of the program.
  • Oversee and administer the University's emergency phone system
  • Develop and maintain important plans such as the Critical Incident Managment Plan (CIMP) and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
  • Create and help facilitate emergency information to the University community
  • Chair and facilititate the University's Security and General Safety Committee
  • Provide safety and emergency preparedness training programs to faculty, staff, and students
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Emergency Operations Center in the event of an emergency or other large scale event
  • Serve as the liasion with various community partners

Committee and Board Representation 

OSEP staff members chair or sit on several committees both at within the University and in the local community. Examples of committees with OSEP representation include:

  • UVA Safety and General Security Committee
  • UVA Threat Assessment Team
  • Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Local Emergency Prepraredness Committee
  • Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center Board