Chancellor’s Cabinet Participates in Annual Exercise

Every year the UCIPD Emergency Management Division hosts an annual exercise that allows responders of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and various Department Operation Centers (DOC) across campus to sharpen their skills and better prepare the campus to respond to an emergency in an effective manner. These “functional” exercises typically involve a couple hours of exercise play with simulation of a plausible scenario. However, this exercise was unique in that it was the first time the Chancellor’s Executive Policy Group (CEPG – i.e. Chancellor’s Cabinet) participated simultaneously and interfaced via video conferencing with the EOC Management Section. The primary exercise objective was to test this interface, communication and coordination between the CEPG and the EOC. Another objective was to test the operational coordination and communication between the EOC and the DOCs as they were challenged by arising problems within each of their given disciplines/areas of expertise as a result of an exercise scenario depicting an explosion and fire at a heavily attended event.

Overall, the feedback from participants was quite positive with identification of strengths as well as areas for improvement. The CEPG and EOC interface went extremely well and participants from both groups agreed that this was an extremely beneficial aspect built in to the exercise that needs to continue to be tested. The EH&S and Facilities Management DOCs continue to mature in to their roles and demonstrate a working and applicable knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the importance of effective communication and coordination.  The Emergency Management Division wishes to recognize and thank all participating University staff and executives for their outstanding commitment to enhancing the University’s preparedness efforts and, in many cases, volunteering to serve in a role that is outside of their normal job responsibilities.

 

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