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This website is the primary source of information related to emergency preparedness on campus. Please check it often for updates and new resources. The Crisis Leadership Team has taken steps to prepare for both minor and major emergencies and has your safety and security as its first priority.

Emergency Contact Information

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Communication Center

  • (202) 651-5444 (TTY)
  • (202) 651-5555 (Voice and Text)
D.C. Metropolitan Police

Guide

How to prepare for an emergency

Emergencies often happen with little or no warning. The most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to prepare and stay calm.

How to know if there is an emergency

What to do in an emergency

How to get help during an emergency

  • During an emergency, remember to first follow the instructions given through the University Notification System. Try to avoid using the telephone unless you are in a special emergency situation.
  • In special emergencies, call or page the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or call 911.
  • The Office of the Provost has two toll-free lines available for communication in emergencies unless the office has been evacuated.
  • During an emergency, other special numbers may be established. Such numbers will be communicated through the University Notification System.

Especially for Students

  • During an emergency, it is very important to know who is on campus and who is not. During an emergency, University officials want to be able to account for each person who is supposed to be on campus. For this reason, we encourage you to make sure someone at the University (e.g. RA, CRE, Advisor) knows where you can be located if you leave campus. This recommendation is for your safety. It is not meant to invade your privacy.During a serious emergency, your family may contact the University to find out if you are safe. If we don’t know where you are, this lack of knowledge could cause your family a great deal of fear and worry. All of us can prevent this situation by letting someone on campus know of our plans.
  • If an evacuation to the Primary Evacuation Site is necessary, a log-in system will be established at the entry point so that we know who has arrived at the site. Students should try to stay in groups by dormitory. Commuter students should stay in one group. University staff will have prepared lists of students by dormitory and commuter status. If students are in these groups, it will be easier and quicker to account for everyone.
  • If you are off campus when an emergency happens (e.g., at an internship site), please call or page DPS to let us know that you are safe.
  • Know the important telephone numbers and contact information.

Especially for Faculty, Teachers and Staff

  • For the same reasons we are encouraging students to keep us informed of their whereabouts, we also recommend that you keep someone in your department informed about changes in your normal schedule. Accounting for you and assuring your safety could be critical during an emergency.
  • Your department may want to put a system in place so that, in the event of an emergency, department members could be accounted for quickly.
  • During a serious emergency, there is no doubt that the faculty and staff will be called on to assist others in both physical and emotional ways. One of our first priorities during an emergency evacuation will be to assist children and individuals who have disabilities. It is possible that you may be called on to assist someone with a disability.
  • Check to be sure that each student with a disability in your class or residence hall has contacted the Office of Students with Disabilities to develop an individual emergency plan, if they will need assistance in an evacuation.
  • Know important telephone numbers and contact information.

Definitions and Personnel

Procedures for specific types of emergencies

Additional Information

Active Shooter Protocol

Protocol for students, staff, and faculty to respond during an Active Shooter Event: Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Assisting People with Disabilities to Evacuate

Guide to assisting people with disabilities during an evacuation from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Basic Guidelines/Be Prepared

Essential Preparedness Guidelines from the Department of Public Safety

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Bomb Threat: Procedures

Protocol for students, staff, and faculty to respond during a bomb threat event: Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Campus Building Safe Areas/Evacuation Sites

Information on Campus Building Safe Areas/Evacuation Sites from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Death of a Student: Procedures

Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide on how to deal with the death of a student

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Definitions of Types and Levels of Emergencies

Guide to definitions of the types and levels of emergencies from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Emergency and First Aid Kits

Guide to building a first aid kit from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Emergency Evacuation Procedures and Routes

Emergency evacuation procedures and routes from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Essential Emergency Personnel

Guide to Essential Emergency Personnel at the University from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Evacuation Options During a Fire Alarm or Other Emergency

Evacuation options during a fire alarm or other emergency from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Explosions, Aircraft Crashes, or Similar Incidents

What to do in case of explosions, aircraft crashes, or simillar incidents: Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Fire: Safety Procedures

Fire safety proceedures from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Four Types of Evacuations

Guide to the four types of evacuations from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

General Emergency Procedures

Emergency Preparedness Guide to General Emergency Proceedures from the Department of Public Safety

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

General Evacuation Procedures

General evacuation procedures from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Hazardous Material Incident: Safety Procedures

Safety procedures for dealing with a hazardous material incident from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Subscribe to Bb Connect Emergency Communications/Alert System

How to subscribe to the Blackboard (Bb) Emergency Communication Alert System

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Suicidal Behavior: Procedures

Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness pocedures for reporting and dealing with suicidal behavior

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Policy

Tips for Communication

Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Tips for Communication During an Evacuation

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Tornado: Safety Procedures

Tornado safety procedures from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Training Outline for Floor/Building Captains

Training Outline for Floor and Building Captains from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

University Notification System

Guide to all University notification systems from the Department of Public Safety

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Utility Failure: Procedures

Utility Failure procedures from the Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

Violent Behavior

Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide on how to deal with violent behavior

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Procedures

What to do in an Earthquake

Student, staff, and faculty guide for responding to an earthquake: Department of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness Guide

Public Safety

Guideline Type: Instructions

Contact Us

Public Safety

Carlin Hall Basement

(202) 651-5445

(202) 651-5555

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