Emergency Preparedness

Columbia Resources

Columbia University Emergency Management Operations Team: During emergency situations, EMOT is the central team responsible for unified information sharing with the Columbia community, as well as for determining and implementing a coordinated response strategy.  CUMC: The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Emergency Management Team is responsible for guiding the campus in the event of an emergency situation.

Columbia University Department of Public Safety: Public Safety maintains a secure and open environment where the safety of all is balanced with the rights of the individual.  You can sign-up to receive text message notifications from Public Safety during situations such as weather emergencies, major transit interruptions and campus closures. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety/alertsignup.html 

Columbia University Human Resources: The Safety section of HR's web site provides information about safety measures for the Columbia community, along with links to other Columbia departments and organizations in the community.

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness: The NCDP works to understand and improve the nation's capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP has four focus areas: system readiness, disaster recovery, citizen engagement, and vulnerable populations. NCDP carries out research and policy analysis in these areas, and provides education, training and technical support to public health workers, local and regional governments, and public health, hospital, and community partners.

Columbia University International SOS: As Columbia University expands its global presence, faculty, staff, and students are traveling more frequently to various parts of the world and to regions with marginal medical care facilities or political unrest.  In early 2007, Columbia University contracted with a company called International SOS ("ISOS") to provide 24-hour worldwide emergency medical and evacuation assistance for eligible Columbia travelers traveling on University-related activitis.  ISOS is the world's largest medical and security assistance company, with more than 3,000 professionals in 24-hour Alarm Centers, international clinics, and remote-site medical facilities across five continents.

For Columbia University Officers and Staff: 

Humana/HRI employee assistance program can help with:

  • Identifying federal, state, and charitable emergency recovery: assistance finding temporary housing
  • Finding local home repair professionals, consumer education resources for replacement of appliances and other household needs
  • Locating house and yard clean-put companies
  • Identifying financial and legal services to help with debt relief, insurance claims, and other issues
  • Providing personal assistance for coping with stress and anxiety

Calls are free and confidential. 

In addition, the following information has been prepared by HRI:

All above services are provided by HRI at no cost to you or your family.  Harris Rothenberg's counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-673-1153. For more details, visit the HRI website (username: columbia; password: eap).