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The Emergency Procedures contained in this document are based on best practices. Your specific situation may require revised procedures. For more information, contact CU Environmental Health & Safety – Emergency Management, 303-492-6025.

Safety Begins With You!

The primary purpose of this guide is to provide you with information that may be critical in the event of an emergency. Accidents and emergency situations can happen to anyone, at any moment. Take the time to learn the emergency procedures and contacts listed in this document. Take responsibility for your own safety and that of others by reporting potentially dangerous conditions or concerns to the appropriate departments.

You should make preparations for emergency events. Learn both the main and alternate paths to exit from your area. Sign up for first aid, CPR, and fire safety courses. Have a first aid kit available. Discuss the information in this guide with others in your workplace and residence. Pre-plan your group's actions and meeting places. Make sure that everyone knows the basic procedures to follow for emergencies.

Each department is responsible for pre-planning the actions that will be taken in the event of an emergency. Environmental Health & Safety (303-492-6025) can provide additional information and assistance. The campus Fire Marshal can provide assistance related to safe areas of refuge, evacuation concerns, and fire safety issues (303-492-4042).

Be Ready!

Get a Kit, Be Informed, Make a Plan, Get Involved!

In the event of a disaster, you may need to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own water, food, medications, and emergency supplies on hand. Pick a place for friends or family members to meet in case you are separated during a disaster. Carry a list of family phone numbers, including someone out of the area.

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Most buildings on the UCB campus have Emergency Evacuation Plans posted at or near the main entries. Take time to familiarize yourself with these plans, and review them often.

When You Call 9-1-1

During a disaster, try not use the phone unless absolutely necessary. An overloaded phone system will delay the delivery of emergency assistance to those in need. If you do need to call 9-1-1, stay calm, and be prepared to give the following information:

  • The exact location of the emergency, including building and room number.
  • The type of emergency.
  • Phone number you are calling from.
  • Your name.
  • Where you will meet emergency personnel.
  • Do not hang up the phone until the CUPD dispatcher does.

Depending on the situation, you will need to provide details such as number of injured persons, type of hazardous materials released, etc.

During an emergency event, try not use the phone for local calls except emergencies. An overloaded phone system will delay the delivery of emergency assistance to those in need.

Media Inquiries

Media Inquiries regarding campus emergencies, either in person, by phone, or by e-mail, should be directed to the UCB Spokesperson, Bronson Hilliard, 303-735-6183.

Siren

Sirens on the UCB campus may be activated to indicate tornado, flood, nuclear attack, or all clear. During the flood season, sirens are tested at 10:00 a.m. on the first Monday of the month (April through August).

  • If you hear a siren at a time other than 10:00 a.m. on the first Monday of the month during flood season (April through August), and can understand the spoken warning, take the appropriate action.
  • In case of flood, seek higher ground immediately.
  • In case of tornado or attack, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building immediately. Avoid large open rooms and windows. If possible, put on sturdy shoes before you shelter. If you cannot get indoors, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If you cannot understand the spoken warning, immediately seek additional information (e.g., radio, television, Campus Alert text message system) and take appropriate action.

Lightning prediction alarms have been installed at Kittredge, Business, Student Recreation Center, Williams Village, Franklin, and Farrand fields. If the alarm sounds, seek shelter in a safe building and do not return to the open field until the all clear has been sounded.

Evacuation of Persons With Disabilities

Departments which employ or serve or resident halls that house persons with disabilities will need to make provisions for assisting those individuals. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services at 303-492-5601. The campus Fire Marshal can provide assistance related to safe areas of refuge, evacuation concerns, and fire safety issues (303-492-4042).

  • Upon the activation of a building alarm system, locate any visually, mobility, hearing, or otherwise impaired persons.
  • If you can safely assist a person with disabilities to exit the building, help him/her to do so.
  • If you cannot help a person with disabilities to exit the building, help him/her to find the safest place to wait for emergency personnel.
  • The safest place may be near a window or on a stairwell landing. Close doors between the person and the fire/smoke. Stuff cracks to keep out the smoke.
  • Note the person's exact location, and notify rescue personnel immediately once you have safely exited the building.
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Campus Alert Emergency Text Messaging

Sign up today for real-time information about campus closures, extreme weather, and other emergencies. This information is sent directly to your mobile via the UCB text messaging service. Visit http://www.colorado.edu/alerts/ to sign up for this service.