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Command Staff

A Disaster Preparedness Committee is appointed by the Dean at the beginning of every academic year.

Incident Commander, Dean – The Dean as Incident Commander is in charge and is responsible for all activity on the incident as well as creating the overall incident objectives for the School of Nursing’s response.

  • Liaison between the President of the University (or his designee) and the School of Nursing
  • Liaison between other agencies/organizations participating in the incident
  • Will approve information that the public information office releases on behalf of the School of Nursing

Operations – The operations section’s main responsibility is to direct all actions to meet the incident objectives:

  • Directs and organizes School of Nursing volunteers to work in the settings identified by the Austin Travis County Health Department or the University of Texas.
  • Provide training, both “just in case” and “just in time”

Planning – The planning section’s main responsibility is to help the Dean with response efforts:

  • Update the Disaster Action Plan annually
  • Collect and display incident information, primarily consisting of the status of all resources and overall status of the incident
  • Recommend to the Dean if or when certain classes should be dismissed
  • Determine other curricular issues: academic credit for certain activities in public health, APN classes, Nursing Systems/Informatics, or Mental Health
  • Provide specialized expertise
    • Research and publication

Logistics – The logistics section’s main responsibility is to provide all resources, services, and support required by the incident. Examples include:

  • Communication: cell phones, web site
  • Supplies (name tags, Personal Protective Equipment, first aid supplies, etc.)
  • Transportation for volunteers

Financial – The financial section’s main responsibility is to track incident related costs, personnel records, requisitions, and administrating procurement contracts required by Logistics. Examples include:

  • Responsible for finances and cost analyses
  • Oversees contracts, memoranda of understanding
  • Updates volunteer rosters and online training
  • When deployed, tracks volunteers, and equipment
  • Processes claims for accidents and injuries
  • Time keeping of volunteer hours

Public Affairs – The public affairs section’s main responsibility is to be the single point of contact for dissemination of news and information to any outside requestors as approved by the Incident Commander.

  • Prepare timely reports for dissemination to the media
  • Respond to requests from the media
  • Prepare timely status reports for President of the University, on behalf of the Dean (Incident Commander)


The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Disaster Preparedness Committee is made of following representatives:

  • Faculty Representatives: Faculty representative with expertise and experience in varied nursing arenas essential to a well-rounded disaster response.
  • Curricular Representatives: Curricular decision makers for the School of Nursing necessary for any questions about changing or modifying clinical practicums in a disaster response.
  • Student Representatives: Student representatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to provide input on training and recruitment of volunteers.