Annual Fire Safety and Security Report

Office of Emergency Preparedness

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

Programs and Services

OEP provides a full range of programs and services to help the University community prepare for emergencies: 

  • Manages the campus automated external defibrillator (AED) program, evacuation chair program, and the Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control program. 
  • Manages the University’s emergency mass notification systems. 
  • Oversees the campus Building Safety and Security Representative Program (BSSR). 
  • Coordinates campus building emergency action plans. 
  • Oversees the UGA Campus Emergency Response Team (UGA CERT) and UGA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer training programs. 
  • Provides training on emergency preparedness, conflict de-escalation, planning for emergencies in the classroom, bleeding control, business continuity, active threat response options and travel safety. 

OEP manages the University’s Emergency Notification System, UGAAlert. The campus community is urged to verify their information in UGAAlert annually here. More information on UGA’s overall emergency notification methods and the UGAAlert activation policy may be found in the UGA Emergency Notification Plan

OEP, in collaboration with the UGA Police Department, provides all students, faculty, and staff with the UGA Safe mobile safety app. The free UGA Safe app provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with University safety officials to report safety issues, suspicious activities, and criminal incidents. Additional features include a SafeWalk feature, access to campus emergency plans, and maps of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), bleeding control kits and evacuation chairs. To download the app and for more information, click here

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