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.

Core Values

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.


head shot of David 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.


head shot of MaryMary Evan

Sr. Program Coordinator

Mary joined the university in November 2015 and brings with her education and experience (20+ years) in emergency management planning, program coordination, mitigation planning, law enforcement, disaster response and recovery, public health, and grants management.

In August 2014, Mary retired from the State of Texas having worked for Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) where she was a grant coordinator, public health regional liaison, and a Plans Section Chief in the Response & Recovery Unit. Prior to DSHS, Mary worked for the Texas Division of Emergency Management as an emergency planner and was the State Mitigation Plans Officer. Mary is also a United States Air Force veteran having worked in law enforcement and disaster preparedness.

Mary holds an Associate of Arts degree in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.


head shot of PatrickPatrick Funari, CBCP, MCP

Sr. Program Coordinator

Patrick Funari joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness as a Senior Program Coordinator in November 2015. Mr. Funari served as the Business Continuity Coordinator for the Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) from 2006 until his retirement in 2015, where he was responsible for implementing the initial Business Continuity program from the ground up.

Patrick began his state service in 1992 and held various management positions with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality until joining HHSC. He served as an Army Officer on active duty for 5 years after receiving a BS degree from Lock Haven University of PA. Patrick holds the Certified Business Continuity Professional certification from the Disaster Recovery Institute International as well as the Master Continuity Practitioner certification from FEMA.