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 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.

Emergency Notification Plan

The Office of Emergency Preparedness manages the University’s Emergency Notification System, UGAAlert. The campus community is urged to verify their information in UGAAlert online.

The complete Emergency Notification Plan for the University of Georgia can be found online.

Programs and 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 (see the Office of Emergency Preparedness website for more information on programs, training and services):

  • Manages the campus automated external defibrillator (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.

LifeSafe App

The Office of Emergency Preparedness, in collaboration with the University of Georgia Police Department, provides 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.


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 using UGA MyID.

Questions about the UGAAlert system can be directed to the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 706‑542‑5845 or emailed to


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