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UMMC Campus-Wide Policy
Natural disasters, catastrophic events and weather-related emergencies
(formerly inclement weather)Effective Feb. 10, 2010
To provide guidance and direction to all faculty and staff as relates to staffing needs and expectations in natural disasters, catastrophic events or weather-related emergencies (referenced below as "emergency").
The University Of Mississippi Medical Center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year and provides essential health care services to the Jackson metropolitan area, Mississippi and the southeastern region of the United States. Our citizens and communities depend upon us to be there in times of need.
During an emergency, all faculty and staff play important roles in providing and/or supporting patient care. Because some members of our work force may be personally affected by the emergency and unable to report to work, UMMC may need to draw staffing support from all areas of the institution to meet and sustain patient care operations and the support/infrastructure services our caregivers depend on.
In the event of an emergency, it is imperative that all employees, regardless of position/role, make every reasonable attempt to be at their assigned jobs in order to help ensure our ability to sustain operations in support of patient care. Only the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, or his/her designee, has the authority to cancel or modify scheduled hours of operation or classes in the event of a natural disaster, catastrophic event or weather-related emergency.
In those instances where an employee cannot be at his/her designated job, it is the employee's responsibility to notify the immediate supervisor (or his/her designee) in a timely manner so that appropriate coverage arrangements can be made.
Employees who are unable to report to work for the entire day will be required to take Personal Leave for said period.
All pay practices will be governed by applicable law/regulations in effect at the time of the natural disaster or catastrophic event.
In those instances where UMMC vehicles may be used to transport employees to and from the campus, transportation time is considered time worked.
Departments and units may put additional procedural guidelines in place so long as they are not in conflict with institutional policy and procedure. It is the responsibility of the department/unit chairs to communicate these additional policies to their employees and the responsibility of employees to be knowledgeable of any additional guidelines that may be applicable.
The Department of Human Resources will provide guidance to management where questions arise.
The emergency telephone numbers below are provided for your information:
911 or 4-6666
911, then 4-1111
Family-Activated Rapid Response in Batson Children's Hospital
Environmental Health and Safety
University of Mississippi Health Care Information Line
Emergency Management Coordinator
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
General Information: 601-984-1000
Patient Appointments: 888-815-2005