For information on Virginia Tech’s Building Emergency Coordinator program, contact Chris Rossi, Preparedness and Planning Coordinator, at 540-231-5395 or Christopher.Rossi@vt.edu.
The Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program was established to coordinate the emergency preparedness and planning efforts among each of the campus buildings. The BEC serves as an extension of the Office of Emergency Management in the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of an emergency and serves as a central point of contact, in which information can be exchanged, within and external to the building. The BEC not only adds value to the building community, by serving in this position, but also to the overall University.
Typically a campus building is occupied by multiple departments, making building-wide communications difficult during normal operations, let alone during an emergency. Thus the Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program also serves to assist first responders and the Office of Emergency Management by developing a common, building-wide, plan of action for emergencies that threaten life safety.
An additional role of the BEC is to serve as a single point of contact within each building and allowing emergency planners to better disseminate pertinent emergency preparedness information and plans throughout campus buildings. In addition, emergency responders are provided with a single, knowledgeable point of contact, within each building that can assist in contacting appropriate departmental personnel and officials in case of an emergency.
The Virginia Tech Office of Emergency Management | 540-231-2438 | OEM@vt.edu