It is the policy of UTMB to provide a framework for response to emergencies, internal or external, naturally occurring or man-made, which will guide all staff in managing the event safely and assuring rapid recovery to normal operating conditions.

This site is the online home for the UTMB Emergency Operations Plan, the Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Plan, Business Continuity Planning and related documents (some documents are intended for UTMB employee/student use and are password protected). All UTMB faculty, staff, students, contract employees, and volunteers should have a working knowledge of the emergency preparedness plans relative to their department or school. They will be expected to follow the plan in case of an emergency.

Featured Information

  • May 14 set for Emergency Preparedness Meeting

    April 16, 2019, 12:33 PM by Emergency Planning
    Join us for the 2019-2020 Annual Emergency Preparedness Meeting, on May 14 in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the Galveston Campus, and streamed via the web. Box lunches will be available (on-site seating is limited to 200 attendees). Lunch is at 11:30 and the presentation begins at noon. RSVPs are required for those attending in person.
  • UTMB's Response to an External Disaster

    April 16, 2019, 12:04 PM by Emergency Planning
    UTMB has an external disaster plan related to treating patients that may be a victims of a disaster in the community. The external disaster plan is stored on iSpace as an annex of the Emergency Operations Plan. If institutional support is required, the Emergency Department may request activation of the UTMB Institutional Command Center and incident command by contacting the Health System Administrator On-Call.
  • Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey from NOAA

    Prioritized Risks for 2019

    April 11, 2019, 15:29 PM by Emergency Planning
    Risk assessment is part of the emergency planning process. Annually, a review is conducted of potential risks, the risks are prioritized based on threat posed and likeliness to occur, and that list is presented to UTMB's president for review and adoption. Click the title to see the 2019-2020 list.
  • A dozen things to know about Emergency Management

    April 11, 2019, 15:29 PM by Emergency Planning
    Here are a 12 tips related to emergency management that could be relevant to your role at UTMB or your safety away from work/school. How many do you already know?

In the Event of an Emergency...

UTMB Alerts and UTMB Safe

A key component of UTMB’s emergency communications plan is a mass notification system branded as “UTMB Alerts.” UTMB officials will tailor emergency messages to the situation and can send notifications to all hands or to targeted groups. Individuals must keep their contact information up to date to receive these notifications. The most efficient method of communication is by text to a personal cell phone. Sign up and/or see instructions for updating your contact information and preferences.

Individuals are also encouraged to download "UTMB Safe," the official safety app of UTMB. Support by UTMB Police, the app features emergency contacts, crisis alerts, in-app tip reporting, location services features, and much more, all available via your mobile phone.

The UTMB Alerts emergency notification system

  UTMB Safe Mobile App

Information During a Disaster / Weather Emergencies

In the event of a disaster or emergency weather conditions, please refer to the following channels of communication for more information:

  • Information is available via the web at Should the UTMB web server go down, a second server is in place as a backup and will be available via UTMB's normal URL:
  • Additionally, in rare circumstances a backup informational site may be activated at
  • Sign up for UTMB Alerts, the university's emergency notification system.
  • Check your email and the university's official social media channels.
  • Call the UTMB main operator at (409) 772-1011.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations.
UTMB emergency communication channels