The Office of Emergency Management and Occupational Health and Safety (EMOHS) has a direct reporting structure to both the Senior Vice President for Administration and the Executive Vice President for Academic and Clinical Affairs. The office has been charged with ensuring that the University is prepared to handle disasters and emergencies, as well as provide comprehensive safety and response programs and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, orders, and best practices related to Emergency Management, Radiation Safety, and Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety. The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Services (EOHSS) and the Office of Radiation Safety Services (ORSS), in conjunction with the emergency management and business continuity functions, make up this office.
The Executive Director of EMOHS acts as the chief representative of the University to relevant local, state, regional, and national emergency management organizations, and oversees the development, administration, and coordination of a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency management program at the University. In addition, the office provides expertise and guidance to senior management and other departments on a variety of topics related to emergencies and disasters, and provides leadership to and coordination of the University during such incidents. To ensure a high level of readiness and for quality management purposes, EMOHS also evaluates the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the Executive Vice President for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Senior Vice President for Administration, President, Board of Trustees, and others as necessary.
The Emergency Management operation provides for the formulation, development, maintenance, and updating of a University-wide, campus-based comprehensive all-hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and all associated policies, which collectively establish coordinated prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for any disaster that may impact or threaten UMDNJ. In addition, the parallel function of Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning, is coordinated by this office.
Emergency Operations Planning and COOP planning is largely completed through committees; there are three (3) Campus Emergency Planning Committees (CEPC) – for the northern, central, and southern campuses, and a University-wide COOP Program Management Team (PMT). The Emergency Management operation coordinates with individual schools/units on planning, training, and educational programs, and drills and exercises. During actual emergencies, Emergency Management staff members would be responsible to coordinate disaster response and recovery activities in and through the UMDNJ Emergency Operations Center.