Important 2021 emergency preparation information

Jun 2, 2021, 15:43 PM by Institutional Emergency Preparedness Team

Prepare now at home and work—before an emergency

2021 Emergency PrepEvery year during hurricane season, the Gulf Coast region goes into preparation mode. But we know all too well in a pandemic year that has also brought us tropical systems and historic winter storms, emergencies affecting our work, families or homes can happen at any time and at any of our locations throughout the state.

Please review the following information on how UTMB prepares for and communicates during emergencies, and the list of actions you should take now to be ready at work and at home.

Emergency Response

In an emergency, UTMB activates its Incident Command structure to make decisions based on the specifics of the emergency as it develops. Led by an appointed Incident Commander and coordinating with other agencies when appropriate, the group determines UTMB’s response to the incident, including if and when to dismiss students and employees.

Communication

We communicate emergency response decisions in a variety of ways, depending on the type and severity of the emergency. These include:

Immediate Action Items (Before an Emergency)

  • Complete the required 2021 Employee Demographic and Emergency Classification Form (login required) and have it approved by your supervisor by June 30. UTMB has updated this year’s form to include additional classification levels for employees designated as essential by their supervisor. Click here to learn more (login required).
  • Become familiar with your department’s emergency plan and your role in an emergency.
  • Talk with your supervisor or faculty advisor about your emergency responsibilities and/or procedures for reporting to work/school during an emergency.
  • Become familiar with UTMB’s Institutional Emergency Operations Plan (login required).
  • Check your contact and location information in the UTMB Alerts emergency notification system (login required). Add your mobile number to receive UTMB Alerts messages via text and/or mobile phone call, to ensure you get notifications as quickly as possible. List a minimum of two contact methods.
  • Visit Employee Self Service/Personal Information (access via “Employee Self Serv/Paycheck” link on iUTMB) to check and update the following information, which is vital to our ability to determine who is affected by a particular emergency, on or off UTMB property:
    • Your UTMB Directory information—particularly your work location (L-code)
    • Your personal information, such as home address and home contact information
    • Your emergency contacts (the family members or friends UTMB should contact if you become seriously ill or injured at work or if we are unable to reach you during a large-scale emergency)
  • Keep computer security in mind. Never reveal your UTMB login information to anyone and be suspicious of emails asking you to enter your login information.
  • Wear your ID badge every day at all UTMB locations, so University Police, members of the public and, if needed, emergency responders will know you belong.
  • Enroll in Direct Deposit and MyChart, to ensure access to both your paycheck and your UTMB medical records in an emergency.
  • Develop an emergency plan for your home that includes care and safety of dependents and pets.

Resources

Thank you for making your personal safety a priority and for your help in keeping UTMB prepared for any emergency in any of our locations across the state.

Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
President ad interim

Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Institutional Emergency Preparedness Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer