University Safety and Assurances

Campus Action Plan for Homeland Security Advisories

In March, 2002, the United States of America implemented the "Homeland Security Advisory System" to provide a comprehensive means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist attacks. This system provides warnings in the form of a set of graduated "threat conditions" that increase as the risk of terrorist threat increases.


The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee campus will respond as follows for each of the threat conditions:

Link to Homeland Security Advisory System



  1. Implement appropriate portions of UWM Emergency Operations Plan. Convene meetings of Crisis Management Team or the Emergency Operations Team to determine level of campus response.
  2. Activate the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as necessary.
  3. Implement appropriate staffing plans (including staff recall) within departments and divisions that support the campus response (as outlined in Emergency Operations Plan).
  4. Consider cancellation of classes and the release of employees not involved with response to the situation.
  5. Control access and implement positive identification checks of all personnel involved in the response. If necessary, issue temporary identification or access credentials.
  6. Search all suitcases, briefcases, packages, etc. brought into critical facilities.



  1. Provide briefings as necessary to members of Crisis Management Team.
  2. Ensure all members of the Emergency Operations Team are available for service. Identify and/or notify alternate members if primary members are unavailable.
  3. Communicate as appropriate with all members of the campus community regarding the increased threat level and advise them to take appropriate actions.
  4. Identify any planned events where large attendance is anticipated. Consult with event organizers regarding security preparedness and site accessibility and control.
  5. Limit access points to critical infrastructure facilities and implement entry control procedures (e.g. positive ID checks).
  6. Enforce parking of vehicles away from sensitive buildings.
  7. Erect barriers to control traffic flow and facility access, as appropriate.
  8. Be alert to suspicious activity and report to the proper authorities.



  1. Share pertinent information directly related to threat level with Crisis Management Team.
  2. Review campus emergency operations plan. Review contingency plans.
  3. Meet with appropriate representatives of critical infrastructure components to review contingency plans and/or implement increased security measures as appropriate.
  4. Remind all employees to be alert and inquisitive and maintain awareness of people, vehicles and activities.
  5. Advise operations personnel to remain vigilant and report any concerns or suspect items.



  1. Review all applicable emergency plans.
  2. Assess all operations procedures against intelligence with respect to current security threat level.
  3. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to the proper authorities.

Low Risk


  1. Maintain written emergency plans to address all hazards. Disseminate relevant information to campus community members.
  2. Continue safe and common sense practices in daily routines.
  3. Report suspicious circumstances and/or individuals to University Police