Emergency Procedures

Evacuation Information

In the event an evacuation is necessary:

  • Evacuate the building using the nearest exit (or alternate exit if nearest exit is blocked.)

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Take personal belongings with you (keys, purses, wallets, etc.)

  • Secure hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.

  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.

  • Go to the Emergency Assembly Location for your building.  Click here for the UAF Emergency Assembly Locations by Building.

  • Assist persons with disabilities.

  • Do not leave area/campus until your status is reported to your supervisor, resident advisor, or instructor.


The diagnosis of anthrax disease, illnesses and deaths, and the finding of anthrax contamination in federal, state and other facilities, including U.S. Postal Service, raised concerns about suspicious letters, packages and other substances.  Federal, state and local agencies, including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the U.S. Postal Service issued guidelines for mail handling and response to anthrax incidents. 

EHS&RM issued guidelines for handling mail at UAF.  Guideline for Handling UAF Mail.


If you are indoors:

  • Duck or drop down to the floor.

  • Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture.

  • Hold on to the sturdy desk, table or other furniture and be prepared to move with it.

  • Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

  • After shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate exit.

  • Evacuate the building.

  • Do not leave the area/campus until your status is reported to your supervisor, resident advisor, or instructor.

If you are outside:

  • Get into the open away from buildings and power lines.

If you are driving:

  • Stop if it is safe, but stay inside your car.

  • Stay away from bridges, overpasses and tunnels.

  • Move your car as far out of the normal traffic pattern as possible.

  • If possible, avoid stopping under trees, light posts, power lines or signs.


  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 911 from the nearest phone if possible.

  • Evacuate the building and go to the Emergency Assembly Location or designated area of safe refuge.

  • Advise emergency personnel of anyone still in the building.

  • Once evacuated, do not re-enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.


  • If an emergency or anyone is in danger, call 911.

  • Move away from the hazard to a safe location.

  • Follow the instructions of the emergency personnel.

  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.

  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.


  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.

  • Move cautiously to a lighted area.  Lighted signs may indicate exits if the emergency power is operating.

  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.

  • For information about prolonged outage, call Facilities Services at 474-7000.


  • Do not touch or disturb the object.

  • Notify your supervisor and/or any other administrative personnel.

  • Attempt to determine if any associated treat or reason for object being present.

  • Call UAF Emergency Dispatch at 474-7721, unless it is an emergency then call 911.

  • Clearly describe object and location.

  • Be prepared to evacuate if required by police and/or emergency officials.


  • It is okay to inquire if you can provide assistance (if appropriate.)  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 or attempt to restrain him/her.

  • Call 911 and provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.


  • Do not confront the individual.

  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so.

  • If possible, move to a safe location.

  • Provide responding police with as much information as possible.