How is the campus prepared for emergencies?
UC Davis has a comprehensive emergency management program under the guidance of a full-time emergency planner. It includes a formal emergency operations plan for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies. UC Davis uses an emergency operations center to coordinate response to major emergencies, and trained employees staff the center. UC Davis regularly conducts training sessions and emergency exercises. UC Davis is part of a regional emergency management system, and it is in compliance with state and federal standards for managing emergencies.
How is UC Davis served by police and fire?
UC Davis has its own full-service police and fire departments located on campus. The UC Davis Police Department is a state police agency that provides patrol, investigative and crime prevention services on the Davis and Sacramento campuses. The department’s jurisdiction extends one mile around the campus boundaries and to all facilities administered by UC Davis. The department has its main station on the Davis campus and one at the Sacramento campus.
The UC Davis Fire Department is responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response and rescue on the main campus in Davis. UC Davis also has automatic-aid agreements with local cities through which equipment and firefighters are automatically dispatched for certain incidents.
How does UC Davis handle campus closure?
UC Davis policy provides for any due to an emergency event or hazardous condition. The campus may reduce or suspend non-critical functions and services or close facilities at one or more locations. Certain critical functions and services will be maintained to ensure the health and safety of the campus community and the operation of critical facilities, infrastructure and programs (e.g. healthcare and patient care, public safety functions, building maintenance, student housing and dining, and care of animals). UC Davis maintains a website with information related to campus closure, and there are academic policies and guidelines for canceled classes.
How does UC Davis respond to wildfire smoke events?
During a wildfire smoke event, UC Davis makes decisions informed by public health best practices and scientific research. Based on of air quality protocols, UC Davis has adopted a decision matrix and uses the U.S. EPA’s AirNow Current Conditions AQI as its official source of air quality data. The matrix outlines required and recommended actions regarding campus closure, cancellation of classes, athletic events, and other operational considerations. UC Davis’ plan also addresses the maintenance of HVAC systems in campus buildings and accommodations for outdoor workers at different levels of air quality. UC Davis maintains a website with information related to wildfire smoke and campus closure.
Is UC Davis prepared to deal with a shooter on campus?
It’s something we hope doesn’t happen here, but we know it could. Since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, all UC Davis police officers have completed training in active shooter/rapid response and related equipment has been purchased. While it was once standard for law enforcement to set up a perimeter and wait for a specially trained and equipped SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to arrive, the active shooter procedures call for teams of trained officers to move in immediately and neutralize the shooter. The department holds training sessions to help members of the campus community to think ahead and learn strategies to increase the likelihood of surviving a shooting incident.
How does UC Davis help the campus learn about the police department?
The UC Davis Police Department offers a nine-week Police Community Academy for members of the community who want to learn more about law enforcement. Topics covered include arrest, search and seizure, basic forensic science, defensive tactics, and lethal and non-lethal force scenarios. There are no special requirements for taking the course, offered in the winter and spring quarters, but a background check may be required. Students can receive two units of credit for full attendance.