Emergency Preparedness

Remember that just being on campus is not sufficient protection — don’t put yourself in a victim’s position.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness encourages anyone registered in UGAAlert to review and update emergency contact information by logging into www.ugaalert.uga.edu using their UGA MyID.

programs & Services

The Office of Emergency Preparedness provides a full range of programs and services to help the University of Georgia community prepare for large-scale emergencies.

Academic-Professional Security SeriesUGA Alert

UGAAlert is an emergency notification system to inform the UGA Community when there is an urgent threat requiring immediate action. Examples of emergencies are chemical spills requiring immediate evacuation, tornado warnings, or active shooters.

Emergency notifications will be sent by e-mail, text messaging, and/or through a voice phone call. To verify notification options, go to www.ugaalert.uga.edu using UGA MyID.

Questions about the UGAAlert system can be directed to the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 706‑542‑5845 or e-mailed to prepare@uga.edu.

The mission of the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is to provide a comprehensive homeland security and emergency management program for the University of Georgia in order to save lives, protect property, promote continuity of operations, and reduce the overall effects of large-scale disasters.

Natural and man-made disasters can occur without warning and individual preparedness is the cornerstone of emergency preparedness and response. Knowing how to prepare for and respond appropriately during emergencies can save your life and the lives of your family, neighbors and co-workers. At the main campus in Athens, the most common threat is severe weather. However, other threats also exist. Colleges and universities are fast-paced, dynamic environments creating the possibility of a variety of potential emergency situations. Knowing the types of emergencies you may face is the first step in being prepared.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness manages the University's Emergency Notification System, UGAAlert. The campus community is urged to verify their information in UGAAlert at http://ugaalert.uga.edu/.

The complete Emergency Notification Plan for the University of Georgia can be found at the following link:

The Office of Emergency Preparedness provides a full range of programs and services to help the University of Georgia community prepare for large-scale emergencies (see www.prepare.uga.edu for more information on programs, training and services):

  • Manages the campus automated external defibrilator (AED) program, evacuation chair program, and the Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control program.
  • Management of the University's Mass Notification Systems.
  • Building Safety and Security Representative Program (BSSR).
  • Departmental Emergency Procedures, Building Emergency Action Plans.
  • UGA Campus Emergency Response Team (UGA CERT) and UGA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Training Opportunities.
  • Department delivered training on emergency preparedness, conflict de-escalation, planning for emergencies in the classroom, business continuity and travel safety.

Plan ahead for emergencies by: assembling an emergency kit, learning about basic first aid, attending training sessions and participating in safety classes, recognizing threats for your area and staying informed.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness, in collaboration with the University of Georgia Police Department, are providing all students, faculty, and staff with the LiveSafe app. LiveSafe is a personal safety mobile app that provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with University safety officials, enhancing a user's overall safety and enabling UGA Police to better protect members of the University community. Additional features include SafeWalk, access to campus emergency plans, and maps of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and evacuation chairs. To download the app and for more information, go to www.prepare.uga.edu/LiveSafe.

Contact our office at:

The Office of Emergency Preparedness University of Georgia
Hodgson Oil Building, Suite 200 South
286 Oconee St.
Athens, GA, 30602‑1977
Emergency Phone: 706‑542‑5845
FAX: 706‑542‑4664