UW Emergency Management

Emergency procedures

EP PosterEmergency procedures


Building Evacuation information

  • Evacuate the building using the nearest exit (or alternate if nearest exit is blocked).
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Take personal belongings (keys, purses, wallets, etc.).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.
  • Follow directions given by evacuation wardens.
  • Go to Evacuation Assembly Point (EAP) designated in your building’s evacuation plan and on building emergency evacuation signs.
  • Assist people with disabilities.


  • Drop, Cover and Hold-on under a table or desk or against an inside wall – not in a doorway – until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not leave the area/campus without reporting your status to your instructor, building coordinator or fire/floor warden.
  • Go to your nearest campus Mass Assembly Area for more information and critical updates.

Power outage

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage-sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, got the UW’s Emergency Blog (https://emergency.uw.edu/), call UW 206-897-INFO (4636) hotline or, for regional outages, tune to KOMO radio 1000 AM


  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 9-1-1 if possible.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not enter building until authorized by emergency personnel.

Suspicious person

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.
  • Call 9-1-1. Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.

Suspicious object

  • Do not touch or disturb object.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Notify your supervisor and/or the building coordinator.
  • Be prepared to evacuate

Hazardous materials release

  • If an emergency or if anyone is in danger, call 9-1-1.
  • Move to a safe location.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed to or have information about the release.