Universities & Colleges

IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC)

Contact the UCC by email at UCC@iaem.com

Caucus Chair:
John P. Tommaney
Director of Emergency Management
Boston College
Caucus Vice Chair
Stuart Moffatt, CEM
Director of Emergency Management
University of Utah
Caucus Secretary
Jason Ferguson
University of California, Berkley
Board Liaison
David Muse, CEMiaem.r1@iaem.com
Staff Liaison
Carol Tagliaferricarol@iaem.com

IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) is to represent emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses. Although they are a part of the communities in which they reside, higher education institutions take on special and sometimes unique considerations when preparing their students, faculty, staff and visitors for responding to, recovering from and mitigating against emergencies. The purpose of this caucus is to provide emergency managers from higher education institutions a voice on a national and international scale to ensure their needs are also being addressed by government and industry officials.

Caucus Membership

To join the caucus, please complete the online form.

Only members of IAEM are eligible to be members of the Universities and Colleges Caucus. To be eligible to hold office in the caucus, and participate in the selection process for caucus officers, you must be a member of the IAEM-USA council and be an emergency management practitioner for an institution of higher education. 

An “emergency management practitioner” is defined by the caucus rules as a university or college employee who has been designated by his or her administration with a primary role in administering emergency preparedness and management functions at their institution.


IAEM UCC Symposium and Bootcamp! 

Bootcamp - Friday, Nov. 15, 2024 

Symposium - Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16-17, 2024

This is our premier two-day practitioner symposium and one-day bootcamp for higher education emergency managers. It is held prior to the annual IAEM conference. The program will be filled with lessons learned and insights from peers in our profession. The program agenda with speakers and events is currently being developed. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s symposium and bootcamp in Colorado Springs. Here is the information to register: https://www.iaem.org/usconf.


Basecamp and the UCC Repository

The UCC uses an online collaboration tool named Basecamp to share information, documents, an events calendar, and advance the goals of the caucus. All caucus members who are emergency management practitioners are provided access to Basecamp, including the UCC repository, a place where practitioners can share documents such as response plans, exercise plans, job descriptions, and after action reports. Access Basecamp at https://basecamp.com.

  • Basecamp Video Tutorial
    This tutorial video is intended to help members of the UCC understand how the caucus utilizes Basecamp, and the basic steps members can use to make the most of this software tool. This short video will provide a basic overview of the software tool, including logging in and key features used by the UCC.

National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA)

Beginning in 2014, a work group of UCC members researched and developed a mutual aid process for colleges and universities to share resources across the United States. By summer 2015, the process led to the development of what is now known as the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA). The NIMAA is open to any institution of higher education who is willing to join.

Emergency Management in Higher Education Resources

  • Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Listserv is a peer-to-peer network intended for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management. The DRU Listserv is hosted by the University of Oregon Emergency Management Program. Subscribe online here.
  • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides resources from the U.S. Department of Education for schools, including higher education. Visit the REMS Technical Assistance Center here.

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UCC Documents



2024 IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM Annual Conference, Long Beach, California

2022 IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia

2019 IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia

2018 IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium, IAEM Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The UCC Symposium was not held in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

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