The UO's All-Hazard Incident Management Team (IMT) is a group of trained individuals from across campus tasked with managing the logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety, and campus issues related to all incidents/emergencies, including infections, disease outbreaks, and pandemics. The IMT manages the following phases of an incident (e.g., response, continuity, and recovery). The IMT is led by the Safety and Risk Services Unit.
The UO follows the requirements set forth by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS). NIMS and ICS provide a nationwide template enabling federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private sector nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents regardless of cause, size or complexity.
Using ICS allows the University of Oregon and the members of the IMT to coordinate across both academic and administrative units and departments, all schools and colleges, and the Eugene campus and satellite campuses through a common organizational structure. The hierarchical ICS system and chains of communication adapt to rapidly evolving incidents like COVID-19.
Key Activation Dates and Organizational Charts for the UO IMT in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- January 28, 2020: The IMT was partially activated for COVID-19 response. That team focused on issues around international travel and situational monitoring.
- February 27, 2020: The full IMT was activated and expanded beyond our normal structure to include over 150 people, some of whom are standing members of the IMT and others who have been added to lend their operational expertise to this particular response. This expanded team worked around the clock on preparedness, mitigation and response to the outbreak. [Link to organizational chart for this operational period].
- March 27, 2020: The IMT added two new sections within the architecture to address ongoing continuity and recovery issues. [Link to organizational chart for this operational period].
- June 10, 2020: The IMT revised the objectives to meet the new planning needs of the evolving situation. [Link to organizational chart for this operationa period].
- September 25, 2020: The IMT revised the objectives to meet the new planning needs and response to wildfires and a weeklong period of unhealthy air quality. [Link to organizational chart for this operational period].
- January 15, 2021: The IMT revised the objectives to meet the new planning needs of the evolving situation. [Link to organizational chart for this operational period].
- June 1, 2021: The IMT revised the objectives to meet the new planning needs of the evolving situation and IMT demobilization efforts.[Link to organizational chart for this operational period].
- June 18, 2021: The IMT fully demobilized from its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After action to-do items from the response will go to individual departments or to the UO’s ERM program for review and recommendation to senior leadership.
The following is a brief summary of the past incidents that the IMT has been either partially or fully activated for:
- Gas leaks
- Communicable disease outbreaks (meningitis and Coronavirus)
- Power outages
- Severe weather
- Air quality
- Active shooter (assisted another organization)
- Fire in a research facility
- Bomb threats
In addition to incidents, the IMT develops plans for special events such as: football games, major track and field events, concerts, VIP visits, etc.