Emergency preparedness at UiO

Emergency preparedness shall reduce the consequences of an undesired event and protect humans, the environment and property in an extraordinary situation.

Safety and emergency preparedness at UiO have been formalised into one central emergency preparedness plan covering all types of incidents in which the University, its employees and students may be involved and which require crisis management.


  • The main focus for all prevention and emergency preparedness management at the University is saving lives.
  • The purpose of the emergency preparedness plan is to ensure that the University follows a proactive and systematic emergency preparedness management strategy.
  • The emergency preparedness supervisors shall be prepared to handle all possible scenarios and threats to which the University may be exposed.

General actions

General action cards describe initiatives that should be carried out for these defined incidents:

  1. Fire/water damage
  2. Vandalism/burglary/theft
  3. Robbery/violence/threats
  4. Personal injury
  5. Bomb threat
  6. Construction/technical deficiency
  7. Death of employees
  8. Death of a student
  9. Incidents with UiO student abroad
  10. Incidents with foreign students (arriving, international) at UiO
  11. Pandemics

Notification procedures

Notification of all crises or undesired incidents shall be sent to the security and alarm centre which is manned 24 hours a day. The security centre ensures that all incidents are handled in accordance with the emergency preparedness plan. The security and alarm centre at the University forwards all notifications according to our notification procedures.


Central management

The University Director is responsible for emergency preparedness at the University of Oslo and has delegated authority to the Technical Director as the emergency preparedness manager.

Local management

The University managers are responsible for safety, with the dean/unit manager acting as leader of each local emergency preparedness team. The area managers for each unit are part of the emergency preparedness team.


  • have the right to receive information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness plans, about their individual roles, to receive confirmation that there is an emergency preparedness plan and where to find it.
  • have the right to receive training in their individual roles and the responsibility allocated to such roles.
  • have the duty and responsibility to contribute towards ensuring safety and emergency preparedness at the University.
  • have a duty to make themselves familiar with notification procedures and telephone numbers for the security centre, the fire service, police force and doctors.


  • shall make themselves familiar with emergency escape routes and receive information regarding incidents of relevance to the students.
  • shall make themselves familiar with important telephone numbers for the University’s security centre, the fire service, police force and doctors.

The Technical Department

  • is responsible for regular maintenance and updates of the contingency preparedness plans.
  • is responsible for ensuring that the contingency preparedness managers carry out a joint review of the plan on an annual basis.
  • is responsible for carrying out regular emergency preparedness drills, at least every second year.


Published Jan. 16, 2017 9:56 AM - Last modified Jan. 16, 2017 9:57 AM