Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)


The University of Michigan - Dearborn has developed a network of volunteer personnel within each building called the Building Incident Response Team (BIRT). Each team consists of a BIRT Liaison who is responsible for customizing the Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) to meet the needs of the respective building as well as train all building occupants on the plan. In addition, the BIRT Liaison will be expected to interface with Emergency First Responders and coordinate the volunteer BIRT Members. Together, BIRT Liaisons and BIRT Members will assist in quickly evacuating buildings due to a fire condition or directing people to shelter in the event of severe weather.

Participants will never be expected to place themselves in any danger, rather they will be an essential link in the safety chain. The BIRT program relies on its members being familiar with their immediate area, being familiar with evacuation procedures, maintaining a calm demeanor in an emergency, and assisting Emergency First Responders identify individuals requiring special assistance.

For more information contact the Office of Emergency Management at 313-593-4914 or the Department of Public Safety at 313-593-9953.