Office Contact Information
For emergencies dial 9-1-1
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The Emergency Preparedness Team
William Smith – Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness
Office Phone (404) 385-2289
Prior to joining the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the summer of 2009, William worked as the Operations Officer for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. In that capacity, he was responsible for the City and County’s Emergency Operations Center and worked through multiple special events and natural disasters, including the Downtown Atlanta Tornado of 2008. A Marine Corps Veteran, William deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working as an Amorer and Mortuary Affairs Specialist.
William holds a Bachelors of Science from Georgia Tech (INTA ’01) and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State (’05) with a Certificate in Disaster Management. He and his wife, Amanda, also a Georgia Tech alumnus (INTA ’01), live in Woodstock, GA with their two dogs, Hank and Gus.
Frank Stanley – Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator
Office Phone (404) 385-6188
Frank Stanley first joined Georgia Tech in October 1997. He was on the staff of the Office of Minority Education (OMED), until June 2004, when he joined the staff of the Georgia Tech Police Department. He is a program coordinator in the Office of Emergency Preparedness, working with the GTENS and GT-CERT program. Prior to Georgia Tech, Frank served 22 years in the US Navy, was a County Administrator in SC, and president of a major bank subsidiary company. Frank was also a college instructor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for Trident Technical College and Webster University.
Additional Departmental Information
The Georgia Tech Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), part of the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD), works to mitigate and prepare for disasters by developing plans to address the threats and risks that exist on campus and developing training programs to exercise those plans.
Emergency Action Plan
OEP has developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) specific to Georgia Tech that is updated each summer. This 85-page plan establishes policies, procedures, and an organizational structure for responding to emergencies including incident action plans for the following: active shooter, bomb threats and suspicious packages, civil disturbance/demonstration, criminal, suspicious, or violent behaviors, elevator failures, emergency notification, escaped animals, evacuation/evacuation for those with disabilities, fire, dangerous gas alarms, hazardous materials, hazardous weather, media surge, radiation, release of pathogenic microorganisms, white powder, and wild animals on campus.
During the previous fiscal year, approximately 16 training exercises and drills were conducted on campus. These exercises involved units across campus as well as local first responder agencies including Atlanta Fire and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and local/state emergency management agencies.
Typically smaller tabletop exercises are conducted during fall and spring semesters at the department and/or building level. During the summer, larger drills and full-scale exercises are held. During the summer of 2012, a full-scale exercise in a residence hall was conducted that included two floors of smoke (fog), five to seven fire apparatus, and “real-life” rescue operations. A stadium exercise was also conducted that included a vehicle bomb inside the facility resulting in immediate actions by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Team, as well as an active discussion on stadium evacuation. For the current fall semester, exercises are planned to address animal research protests, civil disorder, radiation theft and emergency response. Also planned is an active shooter tabletop exercise with the Cabinet. Finally, every GTPD officer undergoes annual active shooter response training, which includes a hands-on response portion involving simunition rounds (similar to paint ball) and role players.
Georgia Tech Emergency Response Guidebook
The newly created Georgia Tech Emergency Response Guidebook is a quick reference guide that instructs students, faculty, and staff on the immediate actions to take during various emergencies on campus. The guidebook is provided to every new staff member and is offered online so anyone can print a copy for quick and easy reference during an emergency. The guidebook is not meant to replace existing campus emergency plans, but to provide easier access to the information in a short, quick reference format.
Building managers are an integral part of emergency response. OEP has developed a number of tools and programs to assist building managers with assessing their facilities and making them safer. Regular meetings are held with the group, and monthly preparedness bulletins are distributed to keep them up-to-date. Every building should have a reliable and updated Emergency Response Plan. A template, known as the Redbook, has been developed for building managers to use in developing this plan. The template is simple, flexible, and easy to complete. In 2011, the first “Building Manager Symposium” was held. OEP also plans and coordinates a quarterly meeting with building managers. OEP, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety, has developed the Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program. Designed primarily for building managers, the Emergency Preparedness Certificate is open to everyone in the Georgia Tech community and will equip participants with tools they need in the event of a campus emergency.
Football Game Support
For home games, OEP is responsible for updating the Stadium Emergency Venue Response Plan and coordinating the Homeland Security Branch, which includes Atlanta Fire Rescue, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal, Georgia State Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Civil Support Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Office of Radiation Safety.
Georgia Tech Community Emergency Response Team (GT-CERT)
The mission of GT-CERT is to make the Institute safer and stronger by providing opportunities for the campus community to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters. Georgia Tech has one of the largest collegiate contingents of CERT teams in Georgia. More than 150 members of the Tech community have completed training and can now assist with disaster damage assessment, performing light search and rescue, assisting with triage, providing medical services to the injured, and organizing the procurement of supplies.
Emergency notification, coordinated by OEP, involves units across campus and utilizes a variety of tools. Emergency Notification Standard Operating Procedures are outlined in a 26-page guide maintained by OEP. The Institute’s emergency notification systems exist to communicate critical information to the entire community without delay over a variety of communication platforms. Ultimately, emergency notification should be used when the campus community needs to take immediate action to ensure life safety. In cases where the threat is mitigated prior to any opportunity to warn the community, emergency notification is unnecessary.
Emergency Communication Platforms/Tools
Georgia Tech Emergency Alert System (GTENS)
This system allows recipients to receive time-sensitive emergency messages in the form of email, voice mail, and text messages. Registration is required for those who would like to receive voice and text messages. This system is tested on the first Thursday of each semester and once in the summer.
- Siren Warning System (SWS)
- The SWS consists of eight sirens that are strategically located throughout campus to provide alerts to students, faculty, and staff who are outdoors. This system relays an alarm tone followed by an audio message explaining the emergency situation. The system is tested at 11:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month.
- RSS Feeds
- Over the past six months, in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology, emergency alerts are now displayed on many of the television monitors across campus.
- Social Media
- OEP provides emergency information/updates through its Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, Institute Communications utilizes appropriate social media channels when emergencies occur to relay information.
- Information Hotline
- Students, faculty, and staff may also obtain emergency information through the Emergency Preparedness Information Line: (404) 894-7200, or the Inclement Weather Hotline: (404)894-0500.
- Campus Cable TV
- Georgia Tech Cable TV provides service to students living in the residence halls, as well as to many offices across campus. Those with campus cable TV will receive Emergency Alert System messages that are generated by the National Weather Service (NWS), Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA), Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Emergency Call Center
- Family Assistance Center
- Severe Weather Shelter Identification
- Continuity of Operations Plan
- Winter Weather Procedures (update)
- Stadium Flow Research Project