Any department, division, commission, authority, government corporation, independent establishment, or other agency of state or local government. See also "Federal Agency."
Chief executive officer (or designee) of the agency or jurisdiction that has ultimate responsibility for the incident. The president (or designee) would be the Agency Executive for an emergency situation that occurs on the Binghamton University campus.
Individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or cooperating agency who has been delegated full authority to make decisions on all matters affecting that agencies participation at the incident. Agency Representatives report to the Incident Liaison Officer.
American National Red Cross. (Help see www.redcross.org )
If Divisions or Groups exceed the span of control, it may be necessary to establish Branches.
Each building on campus shall be assigned a minimum of one person responsible for the operation of that building. In addition to duties typically assigned to the building administrator, the individual shall serve as a liaison between the building and emergency responders during critical incidents. The BA shall be assigned a two-way portable radio from university police that is capable of communicating with the UPD dispatcher. During critical incidents when the BA is on-campus, the BA shall report to the incident command post.
Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations. CAMEO is a software package that allows response teatms to quickly:
This is the site designated to serve as the response and strategy center throughout the incident and recovery period. University Police will announce the location of the CEOC if it has been determined that the CEOC should be set up.
Comprehensive Emergency Management or, Certified Emergency Manager
An individual professional certification granted to qualified emergency managers by the International Emergency Managers Association. (See www.iaem.com for information)
Chemical Transportation Emergency Center. A public service of the manufacturing chemists association to provide immediate advice for those at the scene of emergencies involving chemicals and then contact the shipper for more detailed assistance and appropriate follow-up. The service is available 24 hours a day at the toll free number: 1-800-424-9300. (Help see www.chemtrec.org )
Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army
The act of directing, ordering, and/or controlling resources by virtue of explicit legal, agency, or delegated authority.
Public Information Officer, Liaison Officer, Safety Officer
Assigned to the Finance Section
The Compensation/Claims Unit is responsible for management and direction of administrative matters pertaining to:
Comprehensive emergency management is a concept that refers to the management of emergency programs by coordinating and integrating wide-range functions of numerous agencies for all types of emergencies, for all phases of operation (prevention/mitigation, response, and recovery), for all levels of government (village, city, township, county). The concept assumes the establishment of a working partnership between government at all three levels and the private sector.
Aid to disaster victims or local governments by county agencies. Such assistance may be in the form of lending county equipment, supplies, facilities, personnel or other resources; performing emergency work or services essential to save lives and to protect and preserve property, public health and safety; debris clearance; temporary housing.
The person named by the County Executive to execute on behalf of the county all necessary documents for disaster assistance from the state and federal government, following the gubernatorial and presidential declarations.
The Crisis Communication Team works with the President and the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC), to develop the plan of action in communicating information to all constituencies. The Crisis Communication Team shall be lead by representatives from the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Disaster Assistance Center
Procedure to assess and describe the nature, and estimate the dollar value of damages resulting from an emergency or disaster.
Report containing information on destroyed property, major damage, and minor damage to the extent not covered by insurance, prepared by a local damage assessment team. The report will include an evaluation of the social and economic impact of the disaster in terms of "people problems," and assistance required.
A temporary office located at or near a disaster site which is staffed with representatives of federal, state, local, and volunteer agencies for the purpose of assisting individual disaster victims in obtaining disaster relief to which they are entitled. Often called a "one stop" center.
Public Law 93-288 (PL 93-288). The law enacted by Congress to enable the president to establish a program of disaster preparedness utilizing the services of all appropriate federal agencies for the prevention/mitigation, response, and recovery from emergencies and major disasters including technical assistance, use of federal resources, and financial assistance.
Divisions are established to divide an incident into geographical areas of operation.
Divisions are usually labeled using alphabet characters (A, B, C, etc.). Other identifiers may be used as long as Division identifiers are known by assigned responders.
A Division is managed by a Supervisor.
Emergency Alert System (Replacing the Emergency Broadcast System)
Emergency Broadcast System (Being replaced by the Emergency Alert System (EAS) by FCC regulation adopted November 10, 1994)
Executive Command Center
Emergency Highway Traffic Regulations. Federal and state regulations for the control of highway usage during times of emergency.
Air and water contamination; blight; civil disturbance or terrorism; drought; earthquake or volcanic activity; energy emergency; epidemic; explosion; fire; flood or high water; forest fire; hazardous material accident; hurricane, tornado or windstorm; ice jam; ice storm; infestation; landslide or mudslide; oil spill; radiological accident or incident; snowstorm or blizzard; transportation accident; or other catastrophe in a part of the county which requires county emergency assistance to supplement local efforts to save lives and property, public health and safety, or to avert or lessen the threat of a disaster. Also used in the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 with similar meaning when federal emergency assistance is required to supplement state efforts.
A pre-designated safe location used in response to campus wide emergencies where essential services can be provided to displaced persons.
Manages and supervises efforts to provide essential services in the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA).
A site from which civil government officials (municipal, county, state, and federal) and businesses exercise direction and control in an emergency. A facility with the necessary communications from which essential emergency functions can be directed, controlled, and coordinated on a 24-hour basis.
Specially trained individuals who provide assistance in an emergency (or potential emergency) situations. They are not typically building occupants and may be from University Police, local fire departments, Environmental Health & Safety, Physical Facilities, etc. In critical situations they may take charge of the building and have full authority over activities in and around the building.
The ERCO can convene the Emergency Response Resource Group (ERRG) and serves as the manager of the ERRG. The ERCO can serve as liaison to the President’s Office in the absence of the President’s appointed liaison.
This committee is responsible for the management of the University’s response to an incident or emergency as defined in the Emergency Response Plan. The ERRG convenes in the CEOC.
Other people may be asked to respond to the Campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when their area(s) or their facilities have been affected by the incident:
This is the official plan of Binghamton University for responding to unplanned incidents, which could disrupt University operations and/or injure people or cause damage to buildings.
An on-campus technical rescue team comprised of university employees from several departments. The ERT is trained and equipped to respond to the following types of emergencies:
A form of mass or other shelter provided for the communal care of individuals or families made homeless by an emergency or major disaster.
Binghamton University's Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) provides guidance needed to promote a safe campus environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
EH&S personnel have experience and training in a variety of disciplines, including:
The representative from EH&S with the authority to make decisions for that office.
Emergency Operations Center
Environmental Protection Agency, U. S.
A part of an emergency operations center where the CEO and other policy makers deal with broad organizational issues, establish links with high level officials, and address any political problems.
These are the senior staff members who are on campus during an incident. This group shall establish general guidance, policies and priorities based on the extent of the disaster. The EC shall assist the EOC with long term goal formation. The Emergency Response Coordinating Officer (ERCO) is responsible for maintaining communication between this group and the campus EOC so that policy questions are answered and the Executive Council is informed of the extent of damage or injury due to the incident. The EC will convene either in the President’s Office (or a location determined by the President). Members of the Executive Council include:
Federal Coordinating Officer
Any department, independent establishment, governmental corporation, or other agency of the executive branch of the federal government including the U. S. Postal Service but not including the American Red Cross.
Aid to disaster victims or state or local governments by federal agencies. Such assistance may be in the form of federal agencies utilizing or lending equipment, supplies, facilities, personnel or other federal resources; the distribution, through relief or disaster assistance organizations, or otherwise medicine, food and other consumable supplies; or emergency assistance; donating or lending equipment and supplies, performing emergency work or services essential to save lives and to protect and preserve property, public health, and safety; debris clearance; temporary housing; financial assistance in the repair and restoration of certain damaged facilities; and several other forms.
The person appointed to coordinate federal assistance in a presidential declared emergency or major disaster.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, U. S. (Help See www.fema.gov )
Federal Highway Administration, U. S.
Governor's Authorized Representative
Operations Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Finance/Administration Section Chief
The person named by the governor in the federal-state agreement under PL 93-288 to execute on behalf of the state all necessary documents for disaster assistance following the declaration by the president of an emergency or major disaster, including certification of applications for public assistance.
Groups are used to describe functional areas of operation.
Hazard analysis is a process of systematic investigation of potential disasters in terms of frequency, magnitude, location, and probability of occurrence, in order to forecast their possible effects on the people, systems, facilities, and resources of the institution.
An immediate assembly area to be used by personnel who are evacuated from their building. This area is to be used as a meeting place to ensure building occupants have been accounted for and also a place to wait to receive further instruction by emergency responders. IAA locations are to be determined by the Building Administrator.
An Incident Management System with a common organizational structure with responsibility for the management of assigned resources to effectively accomplish stated objectives pertaining to an incident.
The individual responsible for the management of all incident operations.
This is the on site operations center at which the primary command functions are executed. The Incident Commander is in charge of the ICP. A description of the ICP operation is in Section III University Police.
The Incident Commander and appropriate Command and general staff personnel assigned to an incident.
Binghamton University is served by three local hospitals: Lourdes Hospital, Wilson Memorial Hospital, and Binghamton General Hospital. All three hospitals are within two miles of the Binghamton University campus. Wilson Memorial Hospital is the region’s trauma center.
Any emergency, as defined above, which, in the determination of the president, causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance under the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, above and beyond emergency services by the federal government, to supplement the efforts and available resources of states, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby.
Any disaster that results from human actions or the lack thereof, including but not limited to fire, epidemic, air or water contamination, explosion, or radiological accident.
Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic. A cooperative program of the federal departments of transportation, defense, and health and human services whereby suitably equipped army and air force helicopters with medically trained crew members, maintained in a state of readiness for military requirements, also respond to civilian medical emergencies where they can do so without compromising their primary military mission.
This is the site at the University where the Communication staff will brief the media and issues press announcements.
The multi-year development plan is a planning and management tool that allows emergency managers to program the elimination of capability shortfalls identified by the capability assessment and project the fiscal requirements to accomplish this.
Multi-year Development Plan
Any disaster that results from natural causes, including but not limited to earthquake, hurricane, tornado, storm, high wind, flood, or wave action.
The National Warning System. A system of dedicated telephone lines originating at Colorado Springs, Colorado, through various federal and state warning points and terminating at county and city warning points, weather service installations, and other critical locations. The system is staffed 24 hours a day for the primary purpose of disseminating warning of enemy attack and is also used to disseminate warnings and information on all types of emergencies and disasters. The state EOC is the New York State warning point and controls the system within the state.
National Flood Insurance Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U. S. (Help see www.nws.noaa.gov )
National Weather Service, a part of NOAA (Help see www.nws.noaa.gov )
See "Disaster Assistance Center"
Guides contain key information from the emergency plan for management team members and are designed to get the plan activated. Guide information includes a description of position responsibilities, incident level definitions, critical tasks, emergency contact information, and a list of team members.
Public Information Center
Public Information Officer
Public Law 93-288, The Disaster Relief Act of 1974
Assigned to the Finance Section
The Procurement Unit is responsible for administering all financial matters pertaining to:
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. An organization of licensed amateur radio operators dedicated to providing communications services during time of emergency.
All the assets of an agency or organization, including materials, systems, and personnel.
That location where incident personnel and equipment are assigned on an immediately available status.
The period beginning with a declaration by the governor that a disaster exists and ending six months later unless rescinded or extended by the governor.
Task sheets are designed for each ICS position and provide a checklist of "to do items" within a time frame.
A temporary assembly area to be used by personnel who are displaced for an hour or more due to conditions that affect select buildings.
In ICS, Unified Command is a unified team effort which allows all agencies with responsibility for the incident, either geographical or functional, to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies. This is accomplished without losing or abdicating agency authority, responsibility or accountability.
The sharing of Incident Command equally between/among two or more departments or agencies, while each party retains its vested authority. Unified Command can occur at the Incident Command or EOC levels.
Structures of systems of energy, power, or water storage, supply and distribution, sewage collection and treatment, telephone, transportation, or other similar public service.
Notification to government agencies of impending dangerous situations and notification to the public, through EAS, including actions that can be taken to prevent or mitigate damage or injury.
(A) Any destructive device (as defined in section 921 of this title, (which reads) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one quarter ounce, mine or device similar to the above; (B) poison gas; (C) any weapon involving a disease organism; or (D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life (18 U.S.C., section 2322a).
Last Updated: 4/4/11