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 Institutional 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.

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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