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Institutional Preparedness

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The Office of the Emergency Preparedness oversees the implementation of the Drexel University Emergency Preparedness Plan on all campuses. The Emergency Preparedness program provides guidance for plan completion and tests the plan via drills and exercises. The Office of Emergency Preparedness conducts at least two field level and multiple table top exercises each year. To keep plans current and easily available to authorized managers and responders, the program uses a proprietary website.  All university-wide, departmental and building plans along with drill and exercise information is stored on the site.  This data is available to  all plan administrators from any location 24/7.

Many departments and individuals participate in the creation and continuous refreshment of the plan at various levels.  For example, each department has a detailed playbook which is organized and maintained by a Plan Originator who is responsible for playbook completeness. The plan originators are appointed by executive school or divisional management and are subject matter experts for their respective organizations.  Each plan or playbook undergoes testing and exercises before it becomes active.

In turn, each school or division has its own Emergency Preparedness Liaison; the liaison works with playbook originators to assure quality control and timeliness of completion. The Liaisons work with the Drexel University Office of Emergency Preparedness to assure quality control and for the planning of drills and exercises.

Building Emergency Response Team (BERT)
BERT’s are building-specific crisis management action teams. Each team operates in an all-hazards approach to emergency management, as well as providing vital systems information for emergency responders to manage a crisis event as it unfolds.

BERT members are volunteers who are in charge of an area or floor of their building, where they assist in the evacuation of all occupants in case of a building emergency. The main focus of BERT is to help ensure that building evacuation is carried out as planned, occupants are directed to assigned assembly points and persons needing assistance to evacuate are helped.