The UNC Asheville Office of Emergency Management provides integrated and coordinated emergency management services to support the extensive planning, training and exercising necessary to enable the University to protect against, respond to, continue during and recover from natural and human-caused emergencies. We employ an interdepartmental approach to leverage the University’s human assets (faculty, staff, and students) in support of a coordinated and collaborative program to systematically assess campus vulnerabilities and develop integrated solutions which make UNC Asheville more disaster resilient.
In addition, the Office of Emergency Management communicates and collaborates, on the university’s behalf, with a broad and diverse group of emergency management partners including the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, the State of North Carolina, federal agencies, and other higher education institutions both nationally and internationally.
Engaging in an integrated and coordinated emergency management program provides the campus with a number of benefits including:
- Reduced vulnerability and exposure to future crisis and disaster events;
- Protection of life, property, the environment, essential services, and critical facilities;
- Diminished post-disaster economic hardship for the campus and community;
- Reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs;
- Quicker resumption of University functions, including education, research, and business systems; and
- Increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process, training, and exercising.
The mission of the Office of Emergency Management is to provide an integrated, comprehensive emergency management program for UNC Asheville. The office is responsible for the preparedness training and coordination of emergency response and recovery efforts for natural, manmade or technological hazards that could adversely affect all members and sustainable operations of the campus community. Through collaborative internal and external partnerships the office works towards ensuring a disaster resilient environment for faculty, students, staff and visitors.
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