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.
Programs and Services
The Office of Emergency Preparedness provides a full range of programs and services to help the University of Georgia community prepare 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. More information on UGA’s overall emergency notification methods and the UGAAlert activation policy may be found in the UGA Emergency Notification Plan.
The Office of Emergency Preparedness, in collaboration with the University of Georgia Police Department, provides all students, faculty, and staff with the LiveSafe mobile app. The free LiveSafe 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, access to campus emergency plans, and maps of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), bleeding control kits, and evacuation chairs.