Emergency Response Organizational Structure
The University of Calgary emergency response system is designed to manage all emergency response activities on university property. It is composed of the following major elements.
Incident Management Team (IMT) is the first line resource for all levels of emergency operations on university property.
The University Incident Commander, identified by a bright green vest and Incident Commander patch, will coordinate the first response activities, personnel, and communications at the emergency site. The team may be called upon to respond to off-site incidents involving the university as required.
The Incident Management Team is the first level of decision-making within the university's emergency response organization and is responsible for all first line activities related to an emergency on university property. They coordinate activities of all university resources present at the scene of an emergency from the Incident Command Post. The University IMT will also coordinate with municipal emergency services personnel, mutual aid partners, and contract emergency response resources.
The Emergency Operations Group (EOG) is the primary resource for supporting the University Incident Management Team in an emergency. The EOG will be activated for all Level 2 and 3 incidents.
The Emergency Operations Group has the following functions:
- provide direct support to the operations of the Incident Management Team
- evaluate and prepare for the impact of the emergency on the overall operation of the university
- minimize the effects of the emergency on the rest of the university
- communicate with municipal authorities
- deal with regulatory agencies
- manage all communications with media and public
- long term planning for the emergency operation
- plan for and initiate post-incident recovery operations
- facilitates decision making and takes direction from the Crisis Management Team
- maintains documentation on all decisions and actions of the EOG as well as acting as the archive for all documentation related to the individuals responding on-site at the emergency
- operationalize the strategic decisions of the Crisis Management Team.
The Crisis Management Team (CMT) is the primary body for policy direction and interpretation for the university during a crisis. A partial or full activation of the Crisis Management Team will be required for all Level 2 and 3 incidents.
The Crisis Management Team has the following responsibilities:
- provide support to the EOG
- consider impacts of the emergency on the long term operation of the university in terms of reputation, government regulation, and service delivery
- provide interpretation of university policy when needed
- communicate with senior levels of government
- provide spokesperson to media as required
- communicate with other senior university officials and committees.