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Emergency Communications / UB Alert

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).

UB Alert

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.

Practice Exercises

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 plans.

Recent tabletop exercises include:

  • October 17, 2013 (University Communications and UB Emergency Manager)
  • July 2, 2013 (University Communications, UB Police, Emergency Manager, Amherst PD, Buffalo FD, Environmental Health and Safety)
  • June 12, 2013 (University Communications, Student Affairs, UB Police, and UB Emergency Manager)
  • December 14, 2012 (University Communications, Environmental Health & Safety, UB Police, UB Emergency Manager, Facilities, local municipal first responders) 
  • August 20, 2012 (University Communications, UB Emergency Manager)


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:

  • MGT-324 Prevention of, Response to, Recovery From Campus Emergencies
  • L363: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education
  • L952: All-Hazards ICS Public Information Officer Course
  • PER-300: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident
  • G290: Basic Public Information Officer Course
  • ICS-100 Introduction to the ICS for Higher Education
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, an Introduction
  • ICS-700 NIMS An Introduction
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