UC Davis has teams in place and locations identified in order to effectively manage emergency situations.

UC Davis Priorities During an Emergency 

In the event of an emergency, the University has established this order of priorities: 

  1. People and Animals: The highest priority is the safety of those who live, study, and work within the UC Davis campus community.

  2. Property: Our property collectively constitutes an extraordinarily important resource. As it is intended to support the academic mission of the institution, it must be protected and preserved by any means that do not require our people to assume undue risks.

  3. Mission Continuity: Beyond the more quantifiable priorities discussed above, there are values, rights, processes, and operations that are essential to the identity, reputation, and sustainability of the University. That is, the elements of who we are, how we fulfill our responsibilities to each other and the appropriate means to our common goals. 

Executive Policy Group (EPG)

The EPG is the executive level oversight and strategic decision-making body for UC Davis during potential or actual crisis situations and performs the role of the Executive Policy Group on the UC Davis campus, providing strategic direction and guidance to the UC Davis Campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Team. 

When activated, the EPG is responsible for, and has the authority to, make strategic, financial, and policy decisions in response to the issue or event. 

  • EPG Guide 
  • The EPG guide was developed in order to provide a consistent and documented executive management process for response for the EPG to large scale events or issues which either are or have the potential to become a crisis for UC Davis. It is designed to document the function of the EPG within the context of existing Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) processes as well as serve as the broader management response function for all events or issues. The guide scope, team, process, tools, and guidance is intended to support the UC Davis leadership to manage a full range of issues, regardless of cause or whether other UC or external teams are actively engaged in response. The guide is designed to work together with the existing National Incident Management System (NIMS)/SEMS-based emergency response protocols at UC Davis. 

Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC) 

The EMMC program is comprised of a Campus Emergency Manager and a Mission Continuity Planner. The program maintains the Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP), Emergency Operations Center, and provides resource support to first responders through the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). 

EMMC is part of the University of California systemwide cohort of Emergency Managers and Mission Continuity Planners and adheres to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard NFPA 1600: Standard on Emergency Management and Business Continuity, as well as the principles of Emergency Management outlined by the industry’s professional organizations, the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

  • EMMC Vision 
  • To establish the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) as a resilient and disaster-ready institution, using an all-hazards approach that includes prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.
  • EMMC Mission 
  • Our mission is to sustain and oversee a comprehensive emergency management program that encompasses not only the UC Davis campus in Davis, California but also extends to all UC Davis campuses, research stations, and sites across the state. We collaborate closely with academic colleges, departments, operating divisions, and all members of the UCD community, in conjunction with federal, state, and local authorities, to safeguard lives, including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and animals. Our commitment is to protect critical infrastructure, facilities, the environment, essential records, and research, while also striving to swiftly resume operations under all practicable circumstances.

    The UC Davis Emergency Management and Mission Continuity Program serves as the coordinator for emergency preparedness, prevention, protection, mitigation, response, recovery, and the continuity of operations for the entire University of California Davis campus, including its satellite properties.

    Our overarching goal is to create an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone within our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale emergencies and disasters. This includes a strong emphasis on inclusive planning processes.

    We empower each individual and department at UC Davis to collaboratively prepare, both as independent entities and as interconnected communities. Through this collective effort, we strive to ensure the resilience and safety of our entire UC Davis family and the continuity of our vital educational and research mission.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 

EOCs have been established on the Davis campus to effectively manage emergency response objectives. The EOC is the central location for coordination before, during, and after an incident, and is operated by the EOC Team

EOCs are equipped with the following resources:  

  • Communication equipment (telephone, computers, radios). 
  • Backup power, communication lines and lighting. 
  • Campus telephone directories. 
  • Status boards, site maps and blueprints. 
  • Technical information and data for advising responders. 
  • Activity logs and office supplies. 
  • Standard operation procedures and hazard-specific plans. 
  • Site/building safety and security information. 
  • Emergency supplies. 

The UC Davis EOC is located at the Transportation Services building, 623 Kleiber Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616. EOC Directors and EOC Team members should complete the Basic EOC Onboarding, and contact for section-specific training.


The Office of Emergency Management and Mission Continuity is committed to full compliance and cooperation with policies regarding university emergency preparedness.  

Federal - College Opportunity and Affordability Act (COAA) 2007  

COAA’s objective is to make college safer, more affordable and accessible. The bill reforms higher education systems so that they operate in the best interest of the students and families, while boosting competitiveness and strengthening our future.  

  • Mandates campus safety and disaster readiness plans development. 
  • Creates National Center for Campus Safety within the Department of Justice to work in collaboration with the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. 
  • Establishes disaster relief loan program to help schools recover and rebuild in the event of a disaster. 

Policy and Procedure Manual Sections Relating to Emergency Planning 

  • Section 390-10: Campus Emergency Policy 
  • Section 390-10: Campus Emergency PolicyCampus Emergency Policy provides the policy and procedures to support the organizational structure for responding to and recovering from emergencies that overwhelm or threaten to overwhelm campus resources, and the circumstances under which this structure would be activated. 
    • • Emergencies may include fires, civil disturbances, natural disasters or any significantly disruptive event that threatens public safety or property.
    • • UC Davis Health (UCDH) maintains emergency policies, procedures and plans that are consistent with the intent of this policy and with those of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. 
  • Section 390-15: Emergency Alert Notification
  • Section 390-15: Emergency Alert Notification: Emergency Alert and Notification provides the policy and procedures for activation of the emergency alert system and the circumstances under which the system would be activated. At UCDH, also see Hospital Policy and Procedure Section 1611. 
    • • The Police Chief, Fire Chief, or Emergency Manager (or designees) are authorized to activate the emergency alert system for any emergency, urgent, or security/safety-based informational communication without further consultation.
    • • When possible, they will consult with Strategic Communications regarding urgent or security/safety-based informational communications before distribution. 
    • • Strategic Communications and the Emergency Manager are authorized to activate the emergency alert system for urgent or security/safety-based informational communications. 
    • • The Executive Policy Group is responsible for consulting with Strategic Communications to activate the emergency alert system when they are aware of situations requiring urgent or security/safety-based informational communications to the campus. 
    • • UCDH officials are authorized to activate the emergency alert system for any emergency or urgent situation affecting UCDH in accordance with Hospital Policy and Procedure Section 1611. 
  • UCOP Policy on Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management 
  • UCOP Policy on Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management