UBC News

Support for Staff & Faculty Affected by the Disaster in Japan

The UBC community is deeply saddened by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy, especially the many faculty, staff, and students on our campuses.

The following support and information is available for faculty and staff:

Information for students is available on the UBC Bulletins page.

Lisa Castle’s Message on the Changes to HSE and HR

By Lisa Castle, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources.

On behalf of everyone in HR, I am excited to welcome the members of the Health  Promotions Programs unit into Human Resources.  While always part of my portfolio, the recent reorganization of the Department of Health, Safety and Environment will see HPP  transitioning into HR’s Total Compensation unit  under the leadership of Michelle Berner (Director, Total Compensation).

The reorganization of HSE was undertaken in order to better allow the university to increase its commitment to identify and manage risk across the organization. The new portfolio (including much of HSE, the Risk & Insurance group from Treasury, and the current staff from Risk Management) will report to Vice-President, Finance, Resources and Operations, Pierre Ouillet, and be headed by the university’s new Chief Risk Officer, Ron Holton. Mr. Holton helped UBC develop its existing risk management framework in 2009/10, and was most recently the Vice-President, Risk Management and Assurance Services, for VANOC.

While the transition period will be a challenging time for everyone, I believe that the end result of this reorganization will allow Human Resources and Risk Management to become stronger in their support of UBC’s Students, Faculty and Staff, and the organization generally.

I will miss my colleagues in the other units in Health, Safety and Environment, as they move into their new portfolio. We will continue to work together to move our portfolios forward, and I wish them every personal and professional success!

Emergency Preparedness at UBC

Be prepared for any emergency

How prepared are you in the case of an emergency at UBC? The University has numerous procedures and systems in place to help keep you safe in an emergency situation. However, these initiatives are only effective when we all take the time to be prepared.

Emergency Communications

During an emergency, the most current and official information will be available on the main UBC.ca website.

Staff and faculty are also being encouraged to sign up for cell phone emergency alerts. To register, add your cell phone number to your contact information in the Personal Summary section of the Faculty and Staff Self-Service Portal.

Emergency Procedures

Familiarize yourself with our emergency procedures at www.emergency.ubc.ca.

Review your departmental emergency plan: every department should have one and all staff and faculty should be aware of the plan. Upon request, Emergency Planning staff from Health, Safety and Environment can attend staff and safety committee meetings to review emergency procedures in person. Contact emergency_planning@hse.ubc.ca for more information.

More Information

Have questions about emergency preparedness at UBC? Contact emergency_planning@hse.ubc.ca for more information.