IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC)

Caucus Chair:
Geoffrey Bartlett, AEM
Tufts University Director of Emergency Managementt
 

Caucus Vice Chair:
Stacey Renker
The Ohio State University Assistant Director of Risk and Emergency Management,
Office of Student Life
 

 
 

Caucus Secretary:
David Hubeny
Binghamton University Director of Emergency Management

Board Liaison:
Chandra Fox, CEM, USAsecretary@iaem.com
 
Staff Liaison:
Sharon Kelly, info@iaem.com
 

IAEM members interested in participating in this committee should email the committee leadership and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee’s important work. IAEM members may easily retrieve the committee leadership email addresses by downloading the complete list.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) is to represent emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses. Although they are a part of the communities in which they reside, higher education institutions take on special and sometimes unique considerations when preparing their students, faculty, staff and visitors for responding to, recovering from and mitigating against emergencies. The purpose of this caucus is to provide emergency managers from higher education institutions a voice on a national and international scale to ensure their needs are also being addressed by government and industry officials.

Caucus Membership

All members of IAEM are eligible to be members of the Universities and Colleges Caucus. To be eligible to hold office in the caucus, and participate in the selection process for caucus officers, you must be a member of the IAEM-USA council and be an emergency management practitioner for an institution of higher education. To join the caucus, please complete the online form.

An “emergency management practitioner” is defined by the caucus rules as a university or college employee who has been designated by his or her administration with a primary role in administering emergency preparedness and management functions at their institution.

Basecamp and the UCC Repository

The UCC uses an online collaboration tool named Basecamp to share information, documents, an events calendar, and advance the goals of the caucus. All caucus members who are emergency management practitioners are provided access to Basecamp, including the UCC repository, a place where practitioners can share documents such as response plans, exercise plans, job descriptions, and after action reports. Access Basecamp at https://basecamp.com.

National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA)

Beginning in 2014, a work group of UCC members researched and developed a mutual aid process for colleges and universities to share resources across the United States. By summer 2015, the process led to the development of what is now known as the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). The NIMAA is open to any institution of higher education who is willing to join.

Emergency Management in Higher Education Resources

  • Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Listserv is a peer-to-peer network intended for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management. The DRU Listserv is hosted by the University of Oregon Emergency Management Program. Subscribe online here.
  • The DHS S&T Communities of Practice is an online network of vetted, active and retired first responders, emergency response professionals and federal, state, local, or tribal homeland security officials sponsored by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program. Registered members of this professional network share information, ideas, and best practices, enabling them to more efficiently and effectively prepare for all hazards. Access the Communities of Practice here.
  • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides resources from the U.S. Department of Education for schools, including higher education. Visit the REMS Technical Assistance Center here.

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Caucus Documents

    Photos taken at the Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM 2017 Annual Conference. (Click on top photo to see full-size.)


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