About Office of Business Continuity & Emergency Management
The UTSA Office of Business Continuity & Emergency Management (BCEM) is committed to openly engaging the University community to prepare, respond, and recover from local emergencies through an all-hazards approach. Our mission is accomplished by coordinating and sharing essential elements of information with students and staff, as well as providing business continuity guidance within the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
The principle task of the Office of Business Continuity & Emergency Management is to develop all-hazard plans and identify critical and key resources to allow UTSA faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to recover from emergencies and disasters affecting our campuses. Our highest priority is to help provide a safe and secure scholastic environment for the UTSA community of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. BCEM works cooperatively with all members of the tri-campus community, University of Texas System, City of San Antonio, and the State of Texas to achieve this objective.
Emergency Response Lifecycle:
Mr. Lorenzo D. Sanchez is the Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Police Department. Mr. Sanchez comes to UTSA from the City of San Antonio - Office of Emergency Management, where he developed and coordinated emergency response plans for the San Antonio urban area, facilitated EOC partner workgroups, and provided support to the Chief of Emergency Management and the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator.
Prior to his appointment with the City of San Antonio, Mr. Sanchez held additional emergency management positions for Miami-Dade County (Department of Emergency Management), URS Corporation (Emergency Management Program), and the City of Austin (Austin Energy Emergency Management). Mr. Sanchez’ emergency management experience include responding to incidents, such as statewide power outages, wildfires, public health outbreaks (H1N1), severe weather, flooding, Tropical Storm Fay, Tropical Storm Hermine, Hurricane Hanna, Hurricane Ike, and many large special events.
Mr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science ‘03) degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Public Administration (MPA ‘06) from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Lorenzo enjoys traveling, working on his house, and likes spending time outdoors with friends, family, and his dog Sidney.
When promoting personal preparedness to students, faculty, and staff, Mr. Sanchez always says: “It’s important for everyone to engage in personal preparedness, which includes making an emergency kit, developing an emergency action plan, and being aware of hazards in your area that may affect you. Simple preparedness steps on a sunny day can keep you safe on a stormy day. We are all part of the UTSA community, and preparing as a whole makes our campus more resilient to natural or manmade threats.”
Ms. Tracy Merritt is the Director’s Assistant in the UTSA Office of Business Continuity & Emergency Management (BCEM). Tracy has been with UTSA and the Police Department since March 2010. Prior to working in the BCEM, Tracy worked in the PD’s reception area where she was responsible for employee driving records, background checks, and lost and found. Prior to working at UTSA, Tracy was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has 25 years emergency dispatch experience in Bandera, Medina, and Bexar Counties. Tracy has an Associate’s degree in Radio, Television, and Film.
Tracy’s goal is to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. She was raised in the Medina Lake/Mico area, and although she currently resides in San Antonio, she calls the Castroville/Bandera area her home. Tracy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, training for marathons, or relaxing out by the pool or lake.
Tracy says, “I’ve always been drawn to helping my community, and working in emergency management allows me to utilize my knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the best good for my UTSA family.”