Emergency Preparedness

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

"Members of this campus community can expect a safe and inviting campus environment."
- University Handbook, Chapter 9, Campus Environment
  • Be prepared.
  • Share what you know with others
  • Working together is how we will be safe and stay safe.

Each of us plays a part; do you know your role and responsibilities?

 Everyone (Faculty, Staff, Students)

POINTERS PREPARE Stay Informed. Become familiar with the campus Emergency Procedures.

Know how to access emergency information.

Listen. Follow Instructions. We have numerous emergency notification methods on campus, Pointer Alerts being one of them. Register your email and cell phone so you are ready to follow instructions provided via email and text through Pointer Alerts.

Participate in Drills/Training. We conduct emergency trainings and drills for your safety. Take the annual fire drill and tornado drill seriously. This is your opportunity to walk through what to do if a real event occurs.  All new employees are required to complete the New Employee Safety Orientation training in Canvas.  

POINTERS STICK TOGETHER – Report suspicious activity – IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. When you work or go to school in the same place day after day, you know if something is out of place or just not right. Do not keep the information to yourself! Report any suspicious activity to University Police (715-346-3456). Report student concerns or misconduct to the Dean of Students HERE.

 Event Hosts

University personnel that host, sponsor, or are responsible for events that bring non-university attendees to the campus are responsible for: 

  1. Assessing the emergency planning and response needs of the hosted group and ensuring that necessary steps are taken to prepare for effective emergency response.

  2. Being familiar with and following the Emergency Procedures. In addition, event hosts are expected to ensure that event staff (e.g., camp counselors, chaperones, athletics, etc.) are provided with and understand campus emergency response procedures.

  3. Communicating necessary information to their attendees to ensure effective emergency response.         

 Division Heads, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, and Supervisors

Every division head, dean, department chair, director, and supervisor has the following general responsibilities prior to and during an emergency:

  1. New employees shall be trained by their Supervisor at their orientation in basic emergency responses expected of them, as outlined in the University Handbook, applicable departmental procedures, and campus Emergency Procedures

  2. Ensure employees participate in ongoing trainings and campus drills. All new employees are required to complete the Canvas online New Employee Safety Orientation training.

  3. Allocate resources necessary to implement divisional or unit emergency management activities and procedures.

  4. Take steps to assure operational integrity of the unit, such as assessing vulnerability, backing up and archiving of critical data, and developing recovery plans.

  5. Develop internal written emergency plans (not addressed in the campus Emergency Operations Plan) and train their staff appropriately.

  6. Keep employees informed.


Each instructor/faculty member has the responsibility to:

  1. Educate their students and employees concerning applicable emergency procedures.

  2. In the event of an emergency, inform students and employees and initiate applicable emergency procedures.

  3. Report student concerns or misconduct to the Dean of Students.


Sample Syllabus Language

 Residential Students

All students living in a residential hall have the responsibility to:

  1. Know your Resident Assistant (RA) and be prepared to follow their instruction in an emergency.

  2. Be familiar and follow emergency procedures in Residential Living Handbook.

  3. Identify and report hazards and suspicious occurrences.


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Emergency Management Specialist 715-346-4464 or cneeb@uwsp.edu

University Police and Security Services 715-346-3456

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Sample Syllabus Language 


To request training for your department or unit, contact the Emergency Management Specialist above.

New Employee Safety Orientation

All new employees are required to complete the New Employee Safety Orientation training.  Training is an online course through Canvas.  

Click here for more information and to self-enroll in course.

Page last reviewed: July 7, 2022

Page last updated: March 20, 2023​