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UST Forms Department for Emergency Preparedness

As a result of the successful completion of the two-year EmergencyImage: Caution Management for Higher Education grant last fall, UST established a new operating department: Emergency & Safety Services. The department’s strategic plan and program goals are below:


The mission of Emergency & Safety Services is to facilitate a comprehensive emergency management program at the University of St. Thomas. We are dedicated to providing a coordinated approach to natural or man-made emergency events.


Program Goals
Goal 1: Increase awareness and preparedness for students, parents,
            faculty and staff

Goal 2: Emphasize an all-hazards approach to planning
Goal 3: Enhance capabilities for responding to and recovering from

Goal 4: Develop a strong emergency preparedness culture
Goal 5: Adapt to an ever changing environment


Chris Barry and Karen Burns are co-directors of the department. Email them at:


Also, visit the emergency preparedness website,, for information and guides on inclement weather, campus and personal safety, and suspicious situations. Resources are available in both English and Spanish.

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