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The University of Alaska Southeast recognizing the need to maintain a safe and healthy work and learning experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors created the Office of Health and Safety in 2001.

The effort to assure health and safety, for ourselves and the environment, is a long term ongoing commitment on the part of the University. My task, as Health and Safety Manager, is to assist each of you in identifying and addressing any areas within your program or facility that do not meet prudent or nationally recognized standards of good practice.


The vision of the Office of Health and Safety for the University of Alaska Southeast is to enhance the research and educational process by fully integrating a continuous improvement of health, safety and environmental performance into our culture, our work practices and all campus activities.


The mission of the Office of Health and Safety at the University of Alaska Southeast is to provide leadership and outstanding service so that the risk of injury, illness, environmental damage and losses to the campus community and its neighbors is continuously reduced.


  • Matthew J. Ziemer
  • Emergency Management Planner
  • Phone: 796-6015

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Get Prepared

Being prepared in an emergency means you've taken the time beforehand to make decisions about what your plans are, what supplies you may need, and how you'll communicate with the people who matter most to you.

Are you prepared?

Take a look at the resources below to find out.

Having a household disaster plan can make a big difference following a disaster.  It can mean the difference between being comfortable and confident or miserable and anxious.  The most prepared people are able to make sure their basic needs are met, communcate with their friends and family, and assist their friends and neighbors through a rough situation.  Here are some of the basics for making your emergency plan.
    • Make a plan with your loved ones on how you can reunite if you
      can't reach one another by phone.  You can identify a couple
      places to meet up: one near your home and another farther
      away in case your area needs to be evacuated.
    • Know yor routes; identify more than one safe evacuation route
      away from your home.  Evacuations can be stressful.  Knowing
      a route ahead of time can speed your evacuation.

Do you have a Go Bag?  Go Bags are your collections of things that you may need to evacuate on a moment's notice.  Think of the things you'd need if you had to leave immediately and not come back for a week.  Your Go Bag should be easy to transport - like a backpack or wheeled suitcase - and tailored to your specific needs.  What does your neighbor's Go Bag have yours doesn't?"
    • Copies of important documents such as your driver license,
       passport, insurance documents and prescriptions, your
       household communications plan
    • Extra phone charger, batteries, flashlight, whistle
    • Warm clothing, first-aid kit, toiletries, lightweight rain gear
    • Emergency water, nonperishable food like energy bars or granola
    • Do you have a pet?  Then you better have pet food, copies of your
       pet's prescriptions, and a lead (dogs) or a portable kennel (cats)
             ·Have a printed picture of you and your pet together,
              this can help reunite you if you get separated

    • Build a Kit
    • Gather Supplies


    • UAS Emergency Alery System Juneau


Emergency Plans


  • Matthew J. Ziemer
  • Emergency Management Planner
  • Phone: 796-6015

Safety Committee

  • October 21, 2015
  • November 18, 2015
  • December 16, 2015
  • January 20, 2016
  • April 5, 2016
 • October 21, 2015
 • November 18, 2015
 • December 16, 2015
 • January 20, 2016
 • April 5, 2016

Current Alerts

Zika Virus Guidance:

Summer is rapidly approaching!  As you travel south, stay informed of the health risks that the Zika Virus poses.
Click the following link for information you can use to form your plans.

Pandemic Influenza

Below are on and off campus resources for Pandemic Influenza information.

Pandemic Influenza Fact Sheet

Pandemic has been defined as an outbreak of influenza, for which there is little or no immunity among humans and is easily spread over a wide geographic area that affects an exceptionally high part of the population.  They occur about every 30 years, with the last one in the U.S. being the swine flu in 1967.  Modes of transmission include coughing and sneezing, as well as contact with virus on objects in daily life.

Work mangers need to determine how to keep critical processes running if there is a 40-50% absenteeism rate.  Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health services need to be monitored for the latest health advisories. In the event of an outbreak the Chancellor may take prudent actions such as cancelling classes, closing the university, sending/keeping “non-essential” employees home.

In campus departments, you can plan for pandemic by

  • Identify essential employees/positions to keep the core processes running.
  • Cross train employees for temporary re-assignment to vital areas.
  • Create a method for some employees to work from home.
  • Stockpile gloves, hand wash, N-95 masks, and similar items for employees.
  • Implement a mandatory stay-home policy for employees who are symptomatic (fever, chills headache, runny nose, etc)
  • Create a liberal leave policy for personnel who must care for sick family members.
  • Plan to cancel vacation and other types of leave.

Reduce risk of infection by

  • Isolating those who are already sick.
  • Quarantine those in homes with sick people.
  • Dismiss student from classes, social activities, child care.
  • Encourage alternatives to face-to-face meetings, i.e. “social distancing”
  • Reduce staff density in working group areas.
  • Modify or postpone public gatherings
  • Cancel work related travel.

Prevention and Control

  • Do not cough into the hand or the air in public.  Cough into the shirt or forearm/elbow if tissues are unavailable.
  • Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
  • Eliminate handshaking.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Use antiseptic towelettes or antiseptic gels if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching the eyes and mouth.
  • Get an annual flu vaccination to mitigate the impact of possible pandemic strains of flu.
  • Disinfect as possible, surfaces and commons areas, including work vehicles.
  • Use disposable cups and utensils.
  • Create a departmental disease surveillance protocol to monitor employees for signs of illness.
  • Enhance ventilation of offices by opening a window if possible.
  • Make N-95 (or higher) particulate face masks available to all employees
  • At home, stockpile enough food, medications, water and related living supplies for 21 days.

Special enforcement duties

  • Guarding vaccine distribution chains and distribution sites from the Strategic National Stockpile to maintain order and prevent theft.
  • Enforcing closure orders, curfew, travel limitations and restrictions on gatherings.
  • Enforcing quarantine orders and other involuntary restrictions.
  • Arranging for secure disposition of dead bodies during surges in deaths.
  • Assisting heath care providers and other agencies with security for delivery of essential food and medicine.
  • Work with Public Information Officers to disseminate information and alerts via mass e-mails, press conferences and other options.


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