Crisis Management & Preparedness







Frequently Asked Questions

Is the University prepared to handle major emergencies on campus?

Yes. While no community can fully anticipate every possible emergency, planning helps ensure the University is ready to respond in the event of a crisis. This website serves as a resource for preparing the campus community to take appropriate actions during emergency situations.

What is the University doing to protect students, faculty and staff?

University officials have implemented a number of initiatives:

  • Emergency response protocols have been established, are reviewed and tested on a regular basis.
  • UK Alert, a free emergency notification service, is offered to all students, staff, faculty, parents and campus visitors.
  • Building Emergency Action Plans have been developed and evacuation plans for University buildings, including residence halls, are in place and reviewed regularly.
  • Lab security plans have been analyzed, assessed, and updated in collaboration with appropriate governmental agencies.
  • Effective relationships are well established with many local, state and federal agencies to assist our administration in continuing to analyze any potential threats or actual emergencies.
  • University of Kentucky Police and UKPD HealthCare Security patrol buildings and campus property 24/7.
  • UK Chandler Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, is fully prepared to care for injured persons in a mass casualty incident, including those involving biological, chemical or radiological materials.
  • We are part of the Metropolitan Medical Response System and constantly work with other hospitals and health care providers in the state in preparation for a coordinated emergency medical response.
  • We have finalized a Hazard Mitigation Plan which will help assess the likelihood and mitigate the effects of a variety of natural disasters that might occur on campus or any other University owned property throughout the state.

How will I know if the University closes or if a major event has been canceled?

The University rarely closes; UK Chandler Medical Center will remain open. However, if changes are necessary, we will provide specific instructions via UK Alert, email to the University community, social media and local television. Additionally, we will post pertinent information on the UK homepage

Where should students, faculty and staff go in an emergency?

Depending on the nature of the emergency and location it will be important to decide whether to stay in place or leave. Use available information to determine your actions. In most cases, direction will be provided through various means of communication. Follow instructions from emergency personnel and Building Emergency Coordinators. 

If the emergency is more widespread, instructions for possible relocation or shelter may be distributed through UK AlertUK's homepage, email to the University community, local media and/or special bulletins through University officials and emergency personnel. 

What can I do to be prepared?

There are several things each of us can do:

  • Remain calm -- Do not panic.
  • Stay tuned to radio or television stations for updated information.
  • Review Emergency Response Guide.
  • Download and use the LiveSafe app.
  • Learn the evacuation routes for the buildings you frequent. Become familiar with all exits around you.
  • Keep your UKAlert information up to date. 
  • Secure building maintenance areas and loading docks.
  • Keep offices and residence hall rooms locked when unattended.
  • Use the buddy system. Never go somewhere alone, especially at night.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers.
  • Talk with your family about how you'll communicate with one another in an emergency.
  • User care, caution, common sense and control.

What should I do if I see something suspicious or unusual on campus?


  • Immediately report suspicious or/or unauthorized persons; unattended packages, containers or vehicles; signs of break-ins or attempted unauthorized entries; or unusual odors or substances to UK Police (call 911 from a campus phone or #UKPD (#8573) from a cell phone).