Action Guides

General Actions:

Reporting an Emergency

Call 911

Give the following information, as calmly and precisely as possible:

  • Your full name and the telephone number from which you are calling.
  • The nature and location of the emergency.
  • Your location - the address or building, the room number or floor, area or department.
  • What you know of the number of injured people and their injuries.
  • Do not hang up until the person answering the call ends the conversation. Responders may need more information. If it is safe, designate someone to meet emergency personnel at the approach to the building.


Stay Calm

Do your best to stay calm, assess the situation, and protect yourself.

  • If possible, locate at least two emergency exits in your area.
  • Silence your cell phone if necessary.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency purposes.


Evacuate or Shelter in Place

Get to a safe place (evacuate or shelter-in-place).

  • Leave the building immediately if you hear an alarm, if requested by authorities, or if the building seems unsafe.
  • Do not enter an elevator in emergencies or attempt to force open elevator doors.
  • Warn others around you and help them, to the extent that your skills allow.
  • Do not expose yourself or others to risk in trying to save personal or University property.
  • As you move, be aware of things that could be damaged, unstable structures or loose debris, exposed wires, chemical vapors or spills, smoke, and other such hazards.

Reporting a Safety Hazard or Near Miss Incident

What is a Safety Hazard?

A  Safety Hazard  is defined as any condition which might be dangerous to faculty, staff, students, or visitors at FAU or something that could result in damage to University property

What is a Near Miss?

A  Near Miss  is defined an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage, but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage from occurring.

How do I report a safety hazard or near miss?

You can report safety hazards or near misses to  Environmental Health and Safety Hazard Report Form  online or call (561)-297-3129, Option 8.

Emergency Evacuation

What conditions may warrant the evacuation of a building?

A Fire, Bomb Threat, Hazardous Material Spill, Hostile Intruder, Utility Failure, etc.


What should I know about the building?

  • Know at least 2 exit locations for the building.
  • Pay attention to the locations of emergency equipment (i.e., fire extinguishers, pull stations, emergency telephones, etc.).
  • Know the location of the  assembly area or building evacuation points.


What should I do when I hear a fire alarm, or get an order to evacuate without an activated alarm?

  1. Turn off all hazardous experiments or procedures before evacuating. If possible, take or secure all valuables, wallets, purses, keys, etc. as quickly as possible.
  2. Close all doors behind you as you exit.
  3. Check all doors for heat before you open or go through them to avoid walking into a fire.
  4. Evacuate the building using the nearest exit or stairway. *DO NOT USE ELEVATORS*
  5. Call 911 from a safe area and provide name, location, and nature of emergency.
  6. Proceed to  pre-determined assembly area/evacuation point  of building and remain there until you are told to re-enter by the emergency personnel in charge.
  7. Do not impede access of emergency personnel to the area.
  8. Inform emergency personnel of the event, conditions, and location of individuals who require assistance and have not been evacuated.


What should I do to initiate a fire alarm to evacuate a building?

Activate fire alarm pull station located at various points along exit routes.


“Shelter in place” is a directive to seek immediate shelter indoors following the announcement of an emergency condition. Sheltering can be related to a variety of situations, including severe weather emergencies, hazardous conditions, chemical release, or criminal activity. When it is necessary to shelter-in-place, you will be safest by moving inside to a building space that protects you from danger. DO NOT lock doors behind you as others may also need to shelter-in-place.


Shelter-in-Place — Severe Weather

Remain Calm

  • Immediately seek shelter inside the closest sturdy building.
  • Once inside, stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects that may fall
  • Best to seek shelter in interior rooms and corridors.
  • Resist the temptation to go outside and check the weather conditions yourself.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Monitor emergency communications for specific instructions.
  • DO NOT leave until an “All Clear” is received.

During a tornado, seek shelter on the lowest level possible. If warranted, consider crouching near the floor and seeking additional shelter under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head with your hands.

Remember, always use common sense. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.


Weather Definitions

Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Closely monitor the situation in the event advisories or warnings are issued.

Warning: Severe weather has actually been observed. Listen closely for instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.


Shelter-in-Place — Chemical, Biological or Radiological

A place of shelter is an area inside a building that offers occupants protection during an accident or intentional release of a chemical, biological or radiological agent.

Note: Many toxic chemicals have a vapor density greater than that of air, and will seek the lowest ground. In the case of a shelter in place due to a chemical spill, follow instructions provided by emergency personnel.

  • Go inside the nearest building.
  • Close all doors, windows and other inlets from the outside.
  • Monitor emergency communications for specific instructions.


Shelter-in-Place — Hostile Intruder / Active Shooter

See Active Shooter procedures


Action Guides: 

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The guides above include the following Information:

Weather-related Emergencies

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Lightning
  • Flooding

Health-related Emergencies

  • Medical Emergencies

Facilities-related Emergencies

  • Building Fire
  • Utilities Problems & Failures

Physical & Psychological Threats

  • Bomb Threats
  • Suspicious Package
  • Psychological Crisis
  • Hostage Situations
  • Active Shooter

Hazardous Material Emergencies


For all EMERGENCY CALLS dial 9-1-1


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