The Accounts Payable, Purchasing & Travel Department has developed an emergency preparedness plan in which Emergency issued Procurement Cards are identified as one of the primary vehicles for supplier payments if/when other payment options become limited.

The plan and use of Emergency Cards is set in operation whenever a natural or induced crisis affecting the University reaches proportions that cannot be handled by established measures as referenced and detailed in the University of Iowa Critical Incident Management Plan.

The utilization of emergency procurement cards, with higher imposed spend limits, is intended to be sufficiently flexible to accommodate contingencies of all types, magnitudes, and duration.

At the onset of a University defined emergency, the current card issued in your name may be upgraded to an Emergency Card and spend limits will be adjusted appropriately (amounts can be adjusted according to need per departmental approval).  In this instance, delegation of purchasing authority is inherent to the cardholder.