University of Houston-Victoria

Emergency Management

Section A - Purpose & Scope

Purpose and Scope

The Emergency Management Plan (EMP) is intended to establish the framework with an organizational structure for response to any incident on campus. The EMP provides guidance for the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), and it describes the roles and responsibilities for colleges, divisions, departments, units, areas, faculty, staff, and students during any incident.

The EMP utilizes an “All-Hazards Approach” which provides broad guidelines for emergency management with specific emergency management functions. The basic emergency management procedures given here are designed to assist in the protection of lives and property through an effective use of campus and community resources. Since an incident may happen suddenly and without warning, the procedures in the EMP are designed to be flexible to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes.  UHV Emergency Management (EM) relies on a thorough integration of its emergency plans at all levels of the campus, as well as understanding that the low levels of the organization are responsible for managing the emergency and getting additional resources and assistance from the upper levels. The University of Houston-Victoria EMP was developed and modeled to align with UH Emergency Management, to assemble, mobilize and coordinate responders and personnel with the goal of effectively managing any incident.

This EMP incorporates the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). These management systems facilitate Campus departments’ integration with interagency responders. It is the intent of UHV to collaborate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Texas Department of Emergency Management, the Victoria County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the City/County of Victoria Office of Emergency Management, the Department of State Health Services, local law enforcement, health departments, fire departments and other agencies in the development of emergency response planning.

The EMP includes resources of the University as well as resources of various University stakeholders. UHV's  population of students, staff and faculty have a limited of amount resources and therefore, it is essential that a seamless coordination is established with all internal and external stakeholders. This plan applies to the UHV Campus in Victoria and the UHV Katy Campus in Katy, TX, however the specific response structures pertain primarily to the UHV Campus.