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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.



    Our Staff:


    Lorenzo SanchezLorenzo D. Sanchez, Ph.D.

    Dr. Lorenzo D. Sanchez is the Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management for the University of Texas at San Antonio, Police Department. Dr. 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, Dr. 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). Dr. 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.
    Dr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science ‘03) degree from UTSA, Master of Public Administration (MPA ‘06) from the University of North Texas in Denton, and a PhD in Applied Demography (‘18) from UTSA. Lorenzo enjoys traveling, working on his house, and likes spending time outdoors with friends, family, and his dog Heidi.

    Contact Information:  (210) 458-6851 or lorenzo.sanchez@utsa.edu

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    Jacqueline SilvaJacqueline Silva

    Mrs. Jacqueline Silva is the Business Continuity & Emergency Management Coordinator for The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is responsible for emergency and business continuity planning for the university. Prior to working for UTSA, she worked at Alamo Colleges where she was the Emergency Management Coordinator. She directed all phases of emergency managments (Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation) at five college campuses. She also has experience working in local emergency management as the Senior Management Analyst for the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management. Mrs. Silva's emergency management experience include responding to incidents such as flooding, public health outbreaks, tornadoes, wildfires, Tropical Storms Ike, Dolly, Edouard, Gustav, and many other large events.

    Mrs. Silva is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Mrs. Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies ‘00) degree from DePaul University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA ‘06) from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Jacqueline's utilizes her emergency management experience in handling any challenge that her children might throw at her.

    Contact Information:   (210) 458-6704 or jacqueline.silva@utsa.edu

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    John YanezJohn Yanez

    Mr. John Yanez is the Student Assistant II in the UTSA Office of Emergency Management. Mr. Yanez assists with and is responsible for updating public safety information centers, inspecting life safety equipment, organizing preparedness materials for student/faculty/staff trainings, and conducts checks of the Emergency Operations Center, among other projects. Mr. Yanez is studying Mechanical Engineering, and is on target to graduate in 2021.

    Contact Information:   (210) 458-6851 or john.yanez@utsa.edu


    Campus Preparedness Programs:


    Business Continuity


    Floor Captain Safety Liaison Program


    UTSA Alerts Emergency Notification System