Prepare by learning what to do in case of a campus emergency.
Medical reserve corps
Join our team of students, faculty, and staff who make a difference when our communities need it the most.
Plans and procedures are in place to address potential health emergencies on campus.
Emergency response system
The AHC Office of Emergency Response is integrated in the University’s emergency response system and is prepared to respond 24/7 to campus health emergencies.
Training and Exercises
U of M Medical Reserve Corps members trained to repackage medication as a team, should it be necessary to dispense antibiotics rapidly in a public health emergency.
Medical Reserve Corps
The University's Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is comprised of students, staff, and faculty from the AHC and Boynton Health Service; it includes more than 1,000 members.
OER is responsible for the recruitment, credentialing, training, and deployment of MRC members. Since 2004, the University's MRC has aided in emergency response and public health initiatives on campus and the broader community. The University's MRC is recognized by the Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the Surgeon General.
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AHC-OER is responsible for the development of campus-level plans and procedures that address a variety of health emergency scenarios. Personnel also participate in broader campus planning efforts representing public health emergency response expertise and resources. The AHC-OER Director and staff provide academic public health expertise as members of most local, regional, and state-level planning committees, task forces, and advisory groups established to address public health and health system prepardness and response.
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Building Emergency Plans
AHC-OER coordinates with the Department of Emergency Management the development of Building Emergency Plans on campus. It ensures that a plan is completed for each AHC building, tracks plan completion, and supports the planning process. Each AHC building on campus is to have a current Building Emergency Plan.
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24/7 emergency response system
AHC-OER is part of the University of Minneosta campus-wide and the Medical Center’s response system receiving 24/7 notification of all emergencies affecting the AHC and all health emergencies or potential health emergencies on campus. AHC-OER personnel follow a response procedure for determining the need for additional internal and external notifications and appropriate response actions.
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Training, curricular enhancements, and interdisciplinary education
AHC-OER personnel have developed a number of online and in-person training materials and modules with financial support provided by federal funding to the School of Public Health. These have included the following:
- Mass Dispensing Site module (online)
- Offsite Care Facility module (online)
- Medical Reserve Corps Orientation module (online)
- Volunteer Management Toolkit (online)
- Psychological First Aid training (face-to-face)
- Personal and Family Preparedness workshops (face-to-face)
- Quarterly one-day live public health preparedness and response simulations for interdisciplinary student teams
Academic Health Center Office of Emergency Response (AHC-OER) personnel and several members of the U of M Medical Reserve Corps participated in an active-shooter response exercise on the University of Minnesota campus with a specific focus on victim support and campus recovery as part of a Campus Disaster Assistance Rapid Assessment Team. Learn more about AHC-OER.
The Academic Health Center Office of Emergency Response (AHC-OER) was established in 2004. Although housed in the AHC, the office has system-wide responsibilities to (1) ensure that health emergencies affecting the University community are addressed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner while utilizing resources and expertise available both internal and external to the University; (2) coordinate and organize campus resources to assist community partners during local, state, or national health emergencies, and in so doing, provide unique educational and experiential opportunities for students, staff, and faculty; and (3) ensure that incident response efforts impacting the clinical and health science research enterprises are well coordinated to minimize disruption to essential operations.