The Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program was established to coordinate the emergency preparedness and planning efforts among all ETSU buildings.
Typically, a campus building is occupied by multiple departments, making building-wide communications difficult during normal operations, let alone during an emergency. The BEC program serves to assist first responders and Emergency Management by developing a common, building-wide plan of action for emergencies that threaten life safety.
Building emergency coordinators serve as an extension of Emergency Management in the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of an emergency. They not only add value to the building community by serving in this position, but also to the overall university.
BECs work with the building Emergency Preparedness Committee to disseminate pertinent emergency preparedness information and plans throughout their building. In addition, they provide emergency responders with a single, knowledgeable point of contact who can assist in contacting appropriate departmental personnel and officials in case of an emergency.
The Building Emergency Coordinator serves his or her building by:
- Serving as the chair of the building Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC).
- Serving as the point of contact for safety and emergency preparedness information; receiving and monitoring emergency communications as provided; and distributing relevant information throughout the building.
- Conducting role call at the assembly area to account for those who have evacuated the building.
- Coordinating the development of, and maintaining the EAP building annex in conjunction with Emergency Management.
- Serving as the primary contact between emergency responders and building occupants in the event of an emergency.
- Coordinating with Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) on annual fire drills for the building.
- Coordinating with Emergency Management on emergency exercises or drills as necessary.
- Work alongside the Alternate Building Emergency Coordinator (ABEC) to assume the duties in case of absence.
- Relaying complaints and issues to Facilities or Health and Safety.
- Requesting work order for maintenance issues.
- Notifying Facilities of emergency maintenance issues.
- Coordinate emergency notification procedures to building occupants.
Emergency Management and the BEC may collaborate to assign an Alternate Building Emergency Coordinator (ABEC). The ABEC is responsible for assuming the duties of the BEC in their absence.