The University City Emergency Preparedness Steering Team (UCEPST) was created in November 2003 at the request of the University of Pennsylvania’s Vice President for Public Safety with the approval of University of Pennsylvania President following the completion of the University’s Crisis Management Plan (CMP). The UCEPST was formulated to initiate and evaluate the charge of institutional preparedness of the University of Pennsylvania in the event of an emergency or crisis in the University City area of Philadelphia and in an effort to test and exercise the effectiveness of the CMP and the operational readiness of the key organizations within the University of Pennsylvania as it relates to emergency preparedness.
In order to best serve this purpose, the steering team is comprised of a strong cross-section of personnel situated across the University, such as the Division of Public Safety, Human Resources, Facilities and Real Estate Services, Information Systems and Computing, the Vice Provost for University Life, Communications, and the College House system. The steering team also includes professional personnel from Penn’s partner agencies throughout the University City area, including but not limited to the Philadelphia Police, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Drexel University, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital of Philadelphia.
The mission of the University City Emergency Preparedness Steering Team is to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, any emergency that affects the University City Community. Those entrusted with this mission will ensure the prompt, professional and coordinated management of any crisis or emergency with the goal of normalizing operations in University City.