Campus Emergency Response

Campus Emergency Response

Emergency response at the University of Utah is a team effort. While police, fire and medical
services are considered “first responders”, there are actually a few more players working behind
the scenes to keep you safe.

Emergency Priorities

In any kind of emergency on campus, there are three priorities that guide how we direct
University personnel and equipment. We call it the “LIP” principle:
Life Safety
Life Safety
Incident Stabilization
Incident stabilization
Property Preservation
property preservation

Leadership Responsibilities

President and Cabinet:

Ultimate responsibility for establishing the University’s priorities and direction lies with the President and Cabinet. Regarding emergency management this policy-making group works with the Director of Public Safety and the Director of Emergency Management. This group defines and endorses the emergency management and business continuity program roles and responsibilities which is reviewed and updated as needed.

Situation, Triage and Assessment Team (STAT):

Strategic direction for coordinating and assisting with the development of an emergency management program is assigned to the University of Utah Situation, Triage and Assessment Team (STAT). 

The Situation, Triage and Assessment Team (STAT) is comprised of an expert team of selected senior administration, directors, and department heads (and delegates) from 14 core organizations with oversight and specialties across the entire spectrum of campus operations.

This STAT establishes objectives for the program consistent with the Cabinet’s vision as written in the policy statement. Members of STAT also serve in the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).

Situation, Triage, and Assesment Team Infographic

Faculty and Staff Responsibilities


Every building on campus should have an Emergency Response Team (ERT) comprised of at least an Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC). Depending on the layout, size, and configuration of the building, including multi-department buildings, an ERC may have a team of area captains (Area Captains).

Emergency Response Coordinators are responsible to develop an Emergency Response Plan for their building. The plan is supported by departmental leadership, and, where necessary, coordinated with other departments within a building or a department that occupies space in multiple buildings.

Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) in each building are tasked with developing emergency response plans that embody the protocols and procedures for three protective actions that each student, faculty and staff member should know in emergencies: evacuation, shelter-in-place, and secure-in-place. ERTs assist the ECC and STAT through Emergency Assembly Point coordinators by providing situational awareness and executing the appropriate protective actions.

The Emergency Response Plan should be regularly maintained as contact or other information changes. We test each building’s ERP annually during the July Fire and Evacuation Exercise.

Emergency Assembly Point Coordinators:

On main campus, every Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) falls within the purview of a Facilities Management District. The district manager provides Emergency Assembly Point Coordinators (EAPCs) to deploy to EAP(s) when requested by emergency management personnel or automatically during a significant event like an earthquake.

The EAPC primary role is to post at the EAP so that ERCs can approach them to give situational awareness and intelligence from their respective buildings. This information is relayed via radio to emergency management personnel in the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). Command and control instructions from emergency management personnel in the ECC can also be relayed back to ERCs via the Emergency Assembly Point Coordinator.

The Emergency Coordination Center (ECC):

The Emergency Coordination Center is an operational room and office suite dedicated for emergency coordination and training. It is located in a secure space in the S. J. Quinney College of Law. During times of emergency, the ECC is activated and STAT members can either meet virtually through ECC technology, or in-person at the ECC.

Campus Officers watching security footage on large television