Welcome to Emergency Preparedness

Welcome to Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness means being ready. It takes an effort by all of us to create and sustain an effective emergency preparedness system. You are your own best first responder. Please use this site as a resource to better understand emergency preparedness at the university, and how you can become part of and contribute to the preparedness community.

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Available Safety Apps and Information

Apps for your mobile device to help you report safety concerns in the Austin area.

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Emergency Preparedness Desk Reference Manual

This guide assists you in minimizing the negative effects of emergencies, disasters, and related events.

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Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Look over this informative guide to learn what actions to take during an active shooting situation.

Ebola Virus Disease: University Preparedness

The University of Texas at Austin has a robust, coordinated Infectious Disease Response Committee in place to implement precautions and make decisions in case of a possible Ebola outbreak on campus. University Health Services works closely and is in regular communication with our partners throughout campus and the community, including local and national government agencies, to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. For more information see the Healthy Horns Update on Ebola Virus Disease.

Decision Process for Weather Delays and Closures (PDF)

Ever wonder who decides when the university delays start because of weather? How does the decision get made? This document answers some frequently asked questions about weather decisions.

False Alarm or Report

Occasionally, false bomb threats (and other similar false reports) are called in at colleges and universities. Tex. Penal Code § 42.06 provides that “a person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless.” A false report made to a college or university is a state jail felony. See the complete Tex. Penal Code § 42.06.

Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure (PDF)

The Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure was developed by the Office of Bombing Prevention (OBP) as a quick reference guide to help stakeholders gain a better understanding in a bomb threat situation.

Bomb Threat Checklist (PDF) is a useful form for collecting information about the person calling in the bomb threat.