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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 (DUEPP) on all campuses. All University-wide, departmental and building plans along with drill and exercise information are stored on a secure Sharepoint site that is available to all plan administrators from any location, 24/7.

The DUEPP provides a structure for confronting and managing any emergencies (including natural or man-made disasters) that could disrupt any function of the University. The DUEPP establishes a three-tiered hierarchy for managing emergency situations: Crisis Management Team, Emergency Response Team and Incident Response Team.

DUEPP Components

Each unit of the University has a detailed Administrative Playbook that is organized and maintained by a plan originator appointed by executive management to ensure plans are complete and up to date. Each unit also has its own emergency preparedness liaison, who works with plan originators to assure quality control and timeliness of completion and works with the Drexel University Office of Emergency Preparedness to plan drills and exercises.

Building Emergency Response Team (BERT)
BERTs are building-specific crisis management action teams that operate in an all-hazards approach to emergency management and provide 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 the 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.