Building Emergency Safety Team (BEST) Program

BEST Program Overview

The Building Emergency Safety Team (BEST) program at the University of Texas at Arlington was established to coordinate emergency preparedness and planning efforts in all UTA buildings and to assist the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) by developing a common plan of action for emergencies that threaten life safety.

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BEST Coordinator Definition

A BEST Coordinator is a unit/department/building point of contact for emergency preparedness and safety information.


Ideal Candidate Criteria for BEST Coordinator

  • Preferred if the individual is viewed as a leader and/or senior officer. 
  • Work on campus in the building where their department and/or unit is located during normal operating hours (at least 8:00am to 5:00pm). 
  • Has a general understanding of the building layout and building activities. 
  • Are comfortable providing emergency preparedness information to their department. 
  • If needed, can provide support to colleagues requiring assistance during an emergency. 
  • Possess the desire to serve and be dedicated to assisting the campus community. 

BEST Coordinator 101 Trainings 

All BEST Coordinator 101 Trainings are being held in Trinity Hall 104 W and 104 E on the following dates/times: 

  • Thursday, February 15th, 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm 
  • Monday, February 26th, 2024, 3:00pm-4:00pm 
  • Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, 3:00pm-4:00pm 
  • Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm 
  • Monday, March 25th, 2024, 3:00pm-4:00pm 

BEST Coordinator 101 Training Registration Form 

Important Information: Prior to submitting a registration form, please speak with your dean, department head, or director about the BEST Program. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirmation and outlook calendar invite will be sent to you from one of the OEM staff within 1-3 business days of submitting your registration form.

Click here to fill out the registration form 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Aurora Some or the Office of Emergency Management.                                                                              

Aurora Some, MPA 

Emergency Management Training & Exercise Coordinator    


Phone Number: 817-272-3448

Office of Emergency Management 


Phone Number: 817-272-0119

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