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2018 UC Irvine Commencement – Incident Command Post (ICP) Activation

Newkirk Pavilion – Home of the 2018 UC Irvine Commencement ICP!

View of ICP tech

The 2018 UC Irvine Commencement ceremonies that were held on June 15-18, celebrated the years of hard work and dedication of more than 7,000 students. Nearly 9,800 undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded this academic year, most of which were granted in one of the 11 ceremonies held at the UCI Bren Events Center over the weekend. Countless friends, family, and loved ones flocked to campus to cheer on their graduates, all of which made ensuring the safety and security of guests, students, staff, and faculty a leading priority.

ICP staff looking towards Bren Events Center

As UC Irvine continues to grow in terms of both student population and physical space, so do the annual commencement ceremonies. This year’s 11 separate graduation services held over 4 days set a record for UC Irvine, and that number is only expected to increase next year. Therefore, with those challenges in mind, staff from the Emergency Management Division of the UCI Police Department (UCIPD) established an Incident Command Post (ICP) in the Newkirk Pavilion Donor Room at the Anteater Baseball Stadium to better position coordinating resources should a major incident occur.

Graduates lining up before entering Bren Events Center

The ICP, which was just a short walk from the Bren Events Center, allowed staff that included representatives from Emergency Management, Strategic Communications, Public Affairs, and Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Services (EHS) to monitor commencement activities, track issues, and maintain close communications with UCIPD officers on the field. Fortunately, no issues were reported and all ceremonies concluded in a smooth and efficient manner. Nevertheless, Emergency Management staff took advantage of this opportunity to enhance their capabilities by practicing setting up a functional ICP and continuing to build positive working relationships with campus partners. It is their hope that a major emergency never occurs in UC Irvine, but nonetheless, practice, train, and drill as if it were a foregone certainty.

Lastly, special thanks to all those involved in the planning and execution of the 2018 UC Irvine Commencement ICP, including UCIPD, UCI Athletics, Campus Dining, EHS, Strategic Communications, and Public Affairs.

Until next year!

ICP set-up

We Are All Hokies, We Will Prevail

April 16 marks the 5 year anniversary of the tragic school shootings at Virginia Tech. In two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, the perpetrator, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before committing suicide. The events of April 16, 2007 are the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history and the worst act of mass murder on college students. http://www.weremember.vt.edu/index.html

Often referred to as the 9/11 for higher education, college campuses across the country learned a number of lessons from the events at Virginia Tech. Here are the University of California, Irvine, a number of projects were initiated to ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff.

  • We now have Zotalert, our campus emergency alert system, to ensure timely notification of emergency and safety related information. Sign up here http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/
  • The UC Irvine police department offers workplace violence and active shooter training and will complete office security assessments for departments on campus http://www.police.uci.edu 
  • Campus leadership expanded the multi-disciplinary consultation team to address crisis management issues and concerns regarding distressed students, faculty, and staff
  • The “See Something, Say Something” campaign was created to identify troubled students, faculty, and staff and begin early intervention http://www.chs.uci.edu/PDFforweb.pdf

 What have you done in your workplace to be safer?