A Category I event affects only one department or division of the University and does not require a response beyond the capability of that department or division working with the University Police Department (UCPD) and the Safety Office.
Category I events are managed by UCPD, the Safety Office, and the affected department or division. Although Category I events will not trigger the Emergency Management Plan, they must be reported to the Senior Emergency Management Officer.
Examples: hazardous material spills, contained fires, bomb threat
A Category II event requires a coordinated response by multiple departments or divisions of the University. Upon notification by the Emergency Director (ED) of such an event, the Senior Emergency Management Officer will assess the situation and, if warranted, approve or disapprove activation of the Emergency Management Plan.
Examples: extended electrical outage, large-scale damage, severe weather
A Category III event is catastrophic in scale. It affects the University and surrounding community as well, and requires a response far beyond the University’s capabilities. Upon notification by the ED of such an event, the Senior Emergency Management Officer will assess the situation and, if warranted, approve or disapprove activation of the Emergency Management Plan.
Examples: large civil disturbances, pandemic outbreaks of infectious diseases, bioterrorism
Note: Anyone with knowledge of an emergency will immediately call UCPD (773-702-8181, or 123 on campus telephones).