About Emergency Preparedness
The office of Emergency Preparedness implements programs and projects in emergency and disaster planning, training, mitigation, response, and recovery. The mission of the office of Emergency Preparedness is to create a comprehensive emergency management program for the university in order to save lives, protect property, promote continuity of operations, and reduce the overall effects of large-scale disasters. In addition to planning for the entire campus, the office works with individual departments to develop unit-based emergency plans. The office also acts as the primary liaison between the university and outside government emergency management agencies.
It is the vision of the Office of Emergency Preparedness to be the nationally recognized leader in the field of emergency management, supporting the university's mission of education, research and public service.
It is the mission of the Office of Emergency Preparedness to develop, coordinate, and sustain the university's state of readiness through an integrated application of emergency management systems.
Trust — To provide a safe, secure and confident community.
Leadership — To manage adversity.
Communication — To openly communicate with those who rely on us, those on whom we rely,and the public we serve.
Innovation — To gain knowledge by exploring emergency management practices, technology and integration.
Community — To be in and of the community; to be good neighbors.
Civility — To treat all of our customers with respect and courtesy.
David O. Cronk, MS, CEM
Director of Emergency Preparedness
David joined the university in 2001 and brings with him the education and experience of emergency management, law enforcement, public health, safety consulting, adult education and state OSHA field service. Upon joining the university, Mr. Cronk became immediately involved in university emergency preparedness planning. David became the university’s director of Emergency Preparedness in 2006 and now holds the designation of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) awarded by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
David’s primary responsibility as the director of Emergency Preparedness is to develop, implement and maintain the university’s state of readiness through emergency planning, technology integration, community education, public outreach and sustained partnership building. David is responsible for the university’s emergency plan and associated annexes. David facilitates individual building preparedness planning, team building and regular preparedness exercises.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Environmental Health Management from Ferris State University, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health from the Medical University of Toledo. David is a designated Certified Emergency Manager and is the university’s designated representative for the City of Austin/Travis County Department of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management partnerships.
James H. (Jimmy) Johnson
Jimmy became the Sr. Program Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Preparedness in 2008. With over two decades of public safety experience, Jimmy brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in emergency operations, emergency planning, training, and oversight to the university’s Emergency Preparedness Team.
In January 2013, Jimmy was appointed Assistant Director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
As the Assistant Director, Jimmy is responsible for the development and implementation of components of the campus emergency management plan, assisting departments in developing internal emergency standard operating procedures and action plans, provides training and training oversight, as well as assuring the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and Emergency Command Center are operationally ready and assists in EOC operations oversight.
He is a retired Assistant Fire Chief from the City of North Las Vegas (NV), where his career culminated as the Chief Officer of Operations, overseeing the department’s fire suppression and emergency services division. Educated at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX in the field of Public Safety Management, Jimmy also holds numerous credentials in related areas of expertise from the National Fire Academy and the Emergency Management Institute located in Emmitsburg, MD. Jimmy is a certified USAR Planning Team Manager through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Association and is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.