UB strives to continuously revise and improve its emergency plans, procedures and organizational structure. The university’s All Hazard Emergency Plan is consistent with national standards for emergency planning, including the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS).
The University at Buffalo offers a free service that delivers text messages and email messages to members of the campus community during emergencies, incidents that may affect personal safety and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations.
University Communications, with other UB emergency responders, regularly conduct drills and tabletop exercises to prepare for a variety of emergency scenarios that potentially could occur on campus.
Tabletop exercises are facilitated analysis of a realistic but
fictional crisis situation in an informal environment. They
are designed to foster discussion as participants examine and
address problems using existing operational plans and
procedures. A successful exercise is one that identifies
necessary improvements and refinements to existing operational
Recent tabletop exercises include:
Ongoing training is part of emergency preparedness. In
addition to practicing and training on tools and procedures,
University Communication's Staff have completed FEMA and DHS
sponsored training, including: