The Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) program was established to coordinate the emergency preparedness and planning efforts among all Virginia Tech buildings.
Typically a campus building is occupied by multiple departments, making building-wide communications difficult during normal operations, let alone during an emergency. The Building Emergency Coordinator 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.
BEC roles and responsibilities
BECs work with Emergency Management 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.
Ideally a building emergency coordinator should plan on serving a term of no less than a year with no limit to the number of consecutive terms. BECs are expected to provide multiple forms of contact, including methods reachable outside of normal business hours. The Alternate Building Emergency Coordinator (ABEC) should fulfill a similar role.
Building emergency coordinators also facilitate emergency preparedness in their building by coordinating the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC).
For information on Virginia Tech’s Building Emergency Coordinator program, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 540-231-4873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.