The University of Miami’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) works to ensure that the University can preserve its mission of educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to the community and beyond after a major emergency or disaster incident. 


Create a disaster resilient university


Protect the University’s Mission by mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all major emergencies, no matter the cause. “All Hazards”.


1. Provide emergency management oversight, coordination, and situation awareness to a broad and diverse group of University partners
2. Employ an integrated all-hazards risk based approach for mitigation, response, continuity of operations, recovery, and preparedness planning
3. Support the understanding and utilization of the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System principles
4. Enhance emergency preparedness through standardized planning, training, and exercising
5. Develop and implement strategies to achieve multidimensional and redundant emergency communications capabilities
6. Create a “culture of preparedness” among students and employees by improving awareness and comprehension of what to do before, during, and after major emergency and disaster incidents
7. Build local, state, national, and international partnerships with other entities that share a vested interest in the enrichment of higher education emergency management

Engaging in an integrated and coordinated emergency management program provides the University with a number of benefits, including:

- Protection of life, property, the environment, essential services, and critical facilities
- Reduced vulnerability and exposure to future major emergency and disaster incidents
- Diminished post-disaster economic hardship for the campus and community
- Reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs
- Quicker resumption of University functions, including education, research, and business systems
- Increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process, training, and exercising

OEM’s printable PDF version