Incident Levels

At UTEP, emergencies are classified as:

Emergency Classification

Level I: Minor Incident

A Minor Incident is a localized campus incident that is quickly resolved with internal resources or limited help and does not affect the overall function of the campus. The incident may result in minor injuries to members of the campus community and may affect a single localized area of the campus. Most normal operations of the Campus are not disrupted.


  • Small fire.
  • Small hazardous material incident.
  • Limited power outage.
  • Ambulance – minor injury.

 Level II: Emergency Response Incident

An Emergency Response Incident is a serious incident that disrupts one or more operations of the campus and may affect mission-critical functions or life safety.  External emergency services may be required, as well as major campus support services. Portions of the campus may not be accessible to students, faculty and staff and may require the evacuation of partial sections of the campus.  Coordination between departments is normally required.


  • Inclement weather which may close or delay opening the University.
  • Isolated laboratory explosion or chemical exposure.
  • Significant fire.
  • Death of a student, faculty or staff member (depending on circumstances).

Level III: University Disaster

A University Disaster is a campus wide incident that seriously impairs or halts the operation of the University.  External emergency services would normally be needed and the incident may escalate quickly and have serious consequences.  It may require full evacuation of several sections or the entire campus. Activation of the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be required.


  • Mass casualties.
  • Natural disaster: earthquake, tornado, sand storm.
  • Large scale hazardous material spill or biological threat.
  • Health epidemic.
  • Hostage and active shooter situation.

Be prepared for a campus emergency

  • Become familiar with the university building names.
  • Know the surrounding streets where you work and study.
  • Provide clear and precise information to response personnel.
  • Know your evacuation plan and your assembly area.
  • Be aware of co-workers and students who may need assistance due to a disability.
  • In the event you need to “Shelter in Place”, remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Know where to stay and do not leave until instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Become familiar with the University’s Emergency Management Plan.
  • Referencing information posted on the Office of Emergency Management website: