• Emergency Procedures

    Prepare by learning what to do in case of a campus emergency.

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  • Medical reserve corps

    Join our team of students, faculty, and staff who make a difference when our communities need it the most.

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  • Pre-event planning

    Plans and procedures are in place to address potential health emergencies on campus.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

Medical Reserve CorpsThe 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.

AHC-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 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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Pre-event planning

Walking in the QuadAHC-OER is responsible for the development of campus-level plans and procedures that address a variety of health emergency scenarios.  Plans are provided to system campus partners, with technical assistance provided as needed, for the development of companion plans. Personnel also participate in broader campus planning efforts representing physical and behavioral health emergency response expertise and resources, as well as the unique needs of the AHC and mHealth. 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

PuzzleAHC-OER provides support and technical assistance to AHC departments on the development of building emergency plans. 

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24/7 emergency response system

emergency respondersAHC-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

campus diningAHC-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

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Inside AHC-OER

AHCPrepared: Topics in Emergency Preparedness is an educational initiative sponsored by the Academic Health Center Office of Emergency Response (AHC-OER) to increase personal preparedness. Throughout the year, targeted one-hour classes are offered in partnership with campus and community content experts on emergency preparedness topics. These classes are available to all AHC students, staff, and faculty – and Medical Reserve Corps members. We offer in-person training on Active Shooter Response, Basic First Aid and Bystander CPR. We can also help set-up department-hosted training sessions upon request. Online training on several topics is also available. Learn more about AHCPrepared and 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 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 response efforts impacting the clinical and health science research enterprises are well coordinated to minimize disruption to essential operations.