Department of Emergency Management

Published: October 7th, 2013

Category: Memos

Linda Stump, assistant vice president of public and environmental safety

The University of Florida’s emergency management operation is now the newly created Department of Emergency Management, housed within UF’s Division of Public Safety.

That function previously was part of UF Environmental Health & Safety. The new structure is aimed at raising awareness within the UF community of UF’s emergency management operations. The safety of the UF community and the protection of university property and environment during an emergency are our top priorities. This new structure will enable the university to more effectively focus on those priorities and support them with the resources they deserve.

The move also puts UF in line with state and national emergency management models at peer institutions.

Under the new arrangement, emergency manager Kenneth Allen reports to the assistant vice president of public and environmental safety. Kenneth has worked at UF since 2005 in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. Previously, he spent seven years with the Alachua County Division of Emergency Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Alabama as well as holding the designation of Florida Professional Emergency Manager.

Kenneth has been instrumental in the creation of the UFAlert system and making UF’s emergency response and preparedness more robust.

The university also has a created a website devoted to Emergency Management,

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