UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Emergency Response Levels

Levels of Response

Levels Response

Level 1

Routine Response. 

No significant impact on local response resources.  Normally involves only one response agency, but may require minimum cooperation or support from other response agencies or departments.

Examples: Accidental death of one student, minor water pipe leak within in a building/Minor chemical spill/Student-related incident. 

The EOC and Executive Groups are normally not activated.

Level 2

Non-routine Response (Full or Partial Activation may occur)   

Exceeds the capability of initial on-scene or on-duty emergency response personnel and equipment.  Requires resources from multiple response agencies and departments. 

Examples: Structure fire, Isolated power failure greater than 4 hrs, impending severe winter storm, IT issues or incident involving a sports team while traveling on school related event.

A full or partial EOC and/or Executive Group activation may occur depending on the situation.

Level 3

Critical incident. (Full or Partial Activation may occur)   

Exceeds the capability of available emergency response personnel and resources, even from mutual aid agencies.  Requires full mobilization of University resources and substantial mobilization of city, county, state or federal resources. 

Example:  Tornado, Long term power failure, Significant number of University critical functions are disrupted, or Significant IT breach.

A full or partial EOC and/or Executive Group activation may occur depending on the situation.