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Department Emergency Action Plans

Every UC San Diego department must have an Emergency Action Plan.

What is it?

Department Emergency Action Plans address the needs of faculty, staff, students, and visitors at specific locations during emergency situations, such as fires, hazardous spills, earthquakes, flooding, explosion, and civil disorder.

Large departments occupying different locations may need individual plans for each facility they occupy.

What should it include?

Why is it important?

An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment. Emergencies catapult us out of our routine operations. Developing a Department Emergency Action Plan helps us react in an organized manner.

Department Emergency Action Plans are an integral part of the campuswide emergency preparedness effort. Many procedures in the UCSD Emergency Guide depend on departments following their Emergency Action Plan.

Emergency Action Plans are important because of the many types of work environments at UCSD and varying levels of risk at each one. Consider these facts about UCSD employees, students, and visitors — they:

  • Work and study in over 640 departments in more than 770 buildings
  • Conduct research in over 2,300 laboratories
  • Handle thousands of different chemicals
  • Generate tons of hazardous waste
  • Experience a variety of work-related injuries and illnesses each year
  • Work in a seismically active area
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