Message from Director
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” —Ben Franklin
The world is changing at a rate never before experienced in human history. In an attempt to become more efficient, systems are now being built with limitations, inter-dependencies and vulnerabilities. Events like Hurricane Andrew, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Virginia Tech Shooting are unfortunate reminders that we can never be too prepared for a major emergency incident. The University of Miami established the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in October 2010 to coordinate the University’s preparation for (the before), response to (the during), and recovery from (the after) any major emergency, no matter the cause. I am honored to be the University of Miami’s first OEM director.
Our primary responsibility is to coordinate the University’s emergency response and continuity planning. Our goal is to make the University of Miami the most disaster resilient institution in the nation. However to be successful we need everyone’s participation in the process. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the resources on the University’s Emergency Preparedness website. During human and natural disasters failure is not an option, therefore we appreciate your assistance.
For all members of the University community I strongly recommend that you visit myUM and add or update your emergency contact information.
Thank you for preparing,
Learn more about OEM ‘s Vision, Mission, and Objectives.