Emergency Team Members consist of Penn Faculty, Staff and students just like you. Team Members become critical in supporting emergency personnel in the event of a crisis or emergency. Consider volunteering today! Read More »
Security Services offers free 24/7 lockout & jump-start services to anyone on Penn's campus. Simply call 215-573-3333 and a Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location. Read More »
The PennComm operations team provides emergency communications and response between all members of the Penn and University City communities and police, fire and medical emergency responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all while virtually patrolling Penn's campus using state-of-the art cctv technology. Read More »
Policing an open, urban, multicultural and densely-populated university environment such as Penn requires at the core, a strong commitment to the philosophy of community-based policing practices. Read More »
Security Services offers free 24/7 lockout & jump-start services to anyone on Penn's campus. Simply call 215-573-3333 and a Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to your location. Read More »
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is a fully-accredited police department, and has been since March 2001, through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices. Read More »
The Department of Special Services within the Division of Public Safety offers free-of-charge RAD classes for both men and women! Read More »

Crisis Management Plan

Crisis Management PlanAll crises and emergencies at Penn are managed under the administrative framework prescribed in the University of Pennsylvania Crisis Management Plan (CMP). The Division of Public Safety (DPS) is the lead agency for maintaining the plan, recommending revisions to the plan and exercising the CMP with all schools, centers and divisions.

The CMP establishes a two-tiered structure for managing emergency situations. At the highest level, the Crisis Management Team (CMT) is the policy group. The CMT makes policy decisions and holds ultimate responsibility for decisions involving communications, evacuation, University closings and business logistics and normalization. The CMT, comprising members of Penn's senior administration, is directed by the President, and chaired by the Provost and Executive Vice President.

The second-tier includes the Incident Management Team (IMT). The IMT is the operations group and coordinates all operational responses to the emergency. The IMT establishes an Emergency Operations Center, comprising representatives of all relevant emergency response entities, such as DPS, Facilities and Environmental Health and Radiation Safety. The IMT operates under an incident command system composed of emergency personnel as needed.

The CMP outlines responsibilities of the CMT members and of the organizations comprising the IMT, and sets forth communications chains to be employed as necessary. Under the CMP, the Division of Public Safety and other agencies at Penn employ a functional system of command, control, communications and coordination that allow all schools and centers to operate in unison to prepare for, respond to and recover from any crisis incident that impacts the Penn community. This functional system operates by allowing the Incident Commander, as the leader of the IMT, to develop strategies to manage a crisis incident by using an 'all-hazards' approach that standardizes the operational response of the University across any type of crisis incident that could evolve.