Emergency Response Guide

Emergency Response Guide

Emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You could be forced to evacuate when you least expect it. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to expect the unexpected and become familiar with the UK Emergency Response Guide. It has been designed to provide you a quick reference during emergencies. 

What to do in Case of an Emergency

Active Aggressor

If you hear GUNFIRE or someone has a gun and is intent on doing harm:

  • If near an exterior exit, try to leave the building.
  • If in an open area, seek refuge immediately.
  • Choose an area that can be locked or secured from the inside if possible.
  • Select a room without windows.
  • Hide behind a desk, under a table, in a closet or bathroom.
  • Turn off office lights. Get behind heavy furniture. Remain still and quiet until you have been advised by emergency personnel that the situation is under control.
  • Call 911 and report your location and the situation.

Bomb Threats

If a bomb threat is received:

  • Remain calm.
  • If the threat was made in writing, do not handle the letter or note any more than necessary.
  • Do not touch or move any unfamiliar objects.
  • If your phone has caller ID, record the number displayed.
  • Gain the attention of someone else nearby and point out the number you recorded and have that person call 911. This call should be made out of hearing range from the caller.
  • Try to keep the caller on the phone long enough to complete the Threatening Call/Bomb Threat Checklist.
  • Work with arriving emergency personnel to assist them in evaluating the threat.
  • If requested, assist emergency responders with a search of the area.
  • If ordered to evacuate by emergency personnel, do so in an orderly manner.

Bomb threats may be received by phone, email or letter.

Civil Disturbances

Civil disturbances include riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals or assemblies that have become disruptive.

If you observe such disturbances:

  • Call 911.
  • Provide the address, location and any details available to the dispatcher.
  • Do not provoke or become part of the disturbance.
  • Secure your work area, log off computers and secure sensitive files, if safe to do so.
  • Remain inside and away from doors and windows if the disturbance is outside.


During an Earthquake:

If Indoors:

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Do not use a doorway except if you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway and it is close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

If Outdoors:

  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake occurred when people ran outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

If in a Moving Vehicle:

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If Trapped Under Debris:

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

After an earthquake:

  • When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move. Then exit the building.
  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly and people with access and functional needs. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home had been damaged and is no longer safe. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • Stay aware from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.
  • After it is determined that it's safe to return, your safety should be your primary priority as you begin clean up and recovery.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after an emergency by visiting: http://foodsafety.gov/keep/emergency/index.html
  • Put on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect against injury from broken objects.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire.
  • Inspect utilities.
    • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
    • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
    • Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.


Information obtained from FEMA at http://ready.gov


During a Flood:

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or television for more information.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Do no camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.


After the Flood:

Your home has been flooded. Although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist. Here are some things to remember in the days ahead:

  • Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
  • Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
  • Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or flooded road, go another way.
  • If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded:
    • Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
    • Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may hide animals and broken bottles, and it's also slippery. Avoid walking or driving through it.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

Staying Healthy

A flood can cause physical hazards and emotional stress. You need to look after yourself and your family as you focus on cleanup and repair.

  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewer systems are serious health hazards.
  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwaters can contain sewage and chemicals.
  • Rest often and eat well.
  • Keep a manageable schedule. Make a list and do jobs one at a time.
  • Discuss your concerns with others and seek help. Contact Red Cross for information on emotional support available in your area.


Information obtained from FEMA at http://ready.gov


If you discover a fire:

  • R—Rescue anyone in immediate danger, if possible without endangering yourself. NEVER enter an unknown (or unfamiliar) area, especially if smoke is visible,
  • A—Activate the fire alarm system: Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.
  • C—Confine the fire by closing doors as you leave the building.
  • E—Evacuate the building and report the situation to the first arriving firemen or police. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
    NOTE: you are not required to extinguish a fire with a fire extinguisher and should use an extinguisher only if you have been trained and the situation does not present a personal safety hazard.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER the building until you have been instructed to do so.

When the fire alarm sounds:

  • FEEL THE DOOR—a "too hot to touch door" means the fire is outside the door.
  • IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE the building. Go to your pre-designated area. Treat all alarms as a real emergency. Always use the exit stairs. Never use an elevator. Close the door as you leave the room.
  • CRAWL should you get caught in smoke. If necessary, go to the window and signal for help.
  • ASSIST A PHYSICALLY IMPAIRED PERSON TO THE CLOSEST EXIT STAIRWELL and advise emergency personnel of this condition.
  • NEVER RE-ENTER THE BUILDING until fire officials give the approval.
  • REPORT anyone causing a false alarm to the emergency responding personnel.

If trapped in the building:

  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
  • Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Call for help using a telephone or cell phone.

Hazardous Materials Emergency

If you are involved with or observe a hazardous material (biological, chemical, radiological, fuel or oil) spill, incident or release for which assistance is needed:

  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.
  • Be prepared to provide the following information:
    • Building name and street address
    • Location of the incident
    • Type of material/chemical involved
    • Estimated quantity of material/chemical involved
    • If anyone is injured or exposed
    • Your name, phone number and location
  • Follow instructions provided by emergency responders.
  • Turn off all ignition and heat sources.
  • Try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke
  • Cover mouth with a clean cloth while leaving the area
  • If you come in contact with spilled material, immediately remove clothing and flush area with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Use a safety shower if possible.

Do not attempt to clean up a spill or release unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment.

If you are notified of a hazardous materials release:

If an evacuation is ordered:

  • Leave the area immediately and move approximately 1/2 mile away (8 to 10 blocks).
  • Keep others away from affected area and help any special needs individuals.
  • Stay upstream, uphill, and upwind of the incident location.

If a "shelter in place" is ordered:

  • Close all outside windows and doors.
  • Turn off heating/cooling system (HVAC), if possible.
  • Go to pre-selected shelter room above ground level; select a room with the fewest opening to the outside.
  • If possible, fill gaps under doors and/or windows with wet towels.


If you see what you believe to be an unauthorized release/disposal of any pollutants to the environment, call UK Police at 257-1616.

For more information on:
Chemical spills go to http://ehs.uky.edu/ehs/em/chemspill.html
Biological spills go to http://ehs.uky.edu/ehs/hmm/spill.html

Medical Emergency

Immediately call:
From campus phone: 911
From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
*If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

If you suspect a head or spinal injury, DO NOT MOVE the victim unless there is an immediate life-threatening emergency.

  • Provide the 911 Dispatcher with the following information:
    • Type of emergency
    • Location of the victim
    • Condition of the victim
    • Any dangerous conditions
  • Render first-aid or CPR only if you are trained to do so.
  • Do not leave the injured person except to summon help.
  • Comfort the victim until emergency medical services arrive.
  • Have someone stand outside the building to flag down the ambulance when it reaches the vicinity.
  • If you are exposed to another person's body fluids, wash the exposed area and contact your supervisor or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 257-3827.

Natural Gas Leak, Fumes or Vapors

If you detect natural gas, fumes or vapors:
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.
  • Provide the location of the odor and any details available to the dispatcher.
  • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency dispatcher, providing assistance to those with special needs.

If a building or area evacuation is ordered by emergency responders:

  • Leave all ventilation systems operating unless instructed otherwise by emergency responders.
  • Leave the area immediately, avoiding the used of elevators unless necessary.
  • Identify those with persons with special needs and provide assistance if possible. If necessary, provide their location to emergency responders upon exiting the building.
  • Report to your department's designated gathering point to be accounted for.
  • Make every attempt to direct evacuation personnel away from the hazardous area. Building occupants should not return until instructed to do so.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Do not walk or jog in the early morning or late at night. The streets are deserted during these times.
  • When you are out at night, walk with a friend.
  • Do not carry more money then you need for that day.
  • Do not display your cash or any other inviting targets such as cell phones, hand-held electronic games or expensive jewelry.
  • If you think you are being followed, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a light house. Do not be afraid to yell for help.
  • Park in well-lighted areas close to walkways, stores, and people and with good visibility.
  • Have your key out as you approach your door.
  • Always lock your car, even in your own driveway. Never leave your motor running.
  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car or to keep a stranger from getting into your car.
  • If you have been abused by a dating partner, never meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
  • If you are a battered spouse, call the police immediately. Assault is a crime, whether it is committed by a stranger, spouse, or family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or health center and leave immediately.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property. Property is replaceable. You are not.
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to accurately describe the attacker. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.


Information obtained from National Crime Prevention Council at http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/protect-yourself-from-violent-crime

Suspicious Package

If you receive or discover a suspicious package or device:

Do NOT TOUCH it, tamper with it, or move it!

Immediately call:
From campus phone: 911
From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
*If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus, immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

*Do not use a cell phone within 300 feet of the suspicious package.

What constitutes a suspicious letter or package?

  • Is unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • Exhibits powdery substance on the outside of the package or letter.
  • Has no return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
  • Is marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Confidential".
  • Has excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words.
  • Contains protruding wires, strange odors or stains.
  • Shipped with an unusual amount of tape.
  • Has an unusual weight, given the size, or is lopsided or oddly shaped.

What to do if you receive a suspicious package or parcel:

  • Handle with care. Do not shake or bump.
  • Isolate the package or parcel immediately.
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus, immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

If you open a parcel that appears to be contaminated:

  • Do not move the parcel.
  • Call 911.
  • Turn off fans, window air conditioners or space heaters.
  • Isolate the area. Evacuate the adjoining areas.
  • Anyone in contact with the parcel should remain isolated in an area adjacent to the original location and wait for additional instructions from emergency responders.

Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm


A tornado or severe thunderstorm watch means severe weather is possibly approaching. Remain alert for approaching storms and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.


TORNADO and THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS mean threatening conditions are imminent or have been indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters.

If a TORNADO WARNING is issued or a tornado occurs:

  • Move to your pre-designated Storm Shelter Area immediately.
  • If your Storm Shelter Area is unavailable:
    • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use arms to protect head and neck. Stay away from windows and open spaces. Stay there until the danger has passed.
    • Do not open windows.
    • In a high-rise building, go to a small, interior room or hallway with no windows on the lowest floor possible.
  • Get out of vehicles, trailers and mobile homes immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or a storm shelter.
  • If caught outside with no shelter:
    • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    • If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
    • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
    • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
    • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
    • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

After a Tornado:

Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. A study of injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, showed that 50 percent of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities. Nearly a third of the injuries resulted from stepping on nails. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or an explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using extreme care to avoid further hazards.


Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately. If someone has stopped breathing, begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. Have any puncture wound evaluated by a physician. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.

General Safety Precautions

Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:

  • Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
  • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper - or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) - an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it - from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
  • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
  • Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
  • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts and you could endanger yourself.

If a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is issued or a severe thunderstorm occurs:

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After a Thunderstorm or Lightning Strike:

If lightning strikes you or someone you know, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible. The following are things you should check when you attempt to give aid to a victim of lightning:

  • Breathing - if breathing has stopped, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Heartbeat - if the heart has stopped, administer CPR.
  • Pulse - if the victim has a pulse and is breathing, look for other possible injuries. Check for burns where the lightning entered and left the body. Also be alert for nervous system damage, broken bones and loss of hearing and eyesight.

After the storm passes remember to:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.


Information obtained from FEMA at http://ready.gov

Utility Outage

Utility Outage

In the event of a utility outage, immediately call: UK Physical Plant - 257-2830

Be prepared:

  • Keep a flashlight with spare batteries immediately accessible.
  • Know how to locate the closest exit.

Many campus facilities are equipped with emergency generators to power critical operations. Most buildings are provided with emergency lighting to aid in the safe evacuation of the building.

In the event of a large scale utility outage:

  • Remain calm.
  • Do not light candles or other types of flames for lighting.
  • If building evacuation becomes necessary, seek out persons with special needs and provide assistance if possible. If additional assistance is needed, call 911.
  • Secure all vital equipment, records, experiments and hazardous materials if safe to do so. Store all chemicals in their original or marked containers and fully open all fume hoods. If this is not possible, or natural ventilation is not adequate, evacuate the area until power is restored.

If someone is trapped in an elevator, call: UK Physical Plant - 257-3844

  • If you are able to communicate with the trapped individual(s), let them know help is on the way.
  • Provide specific location information and number of individuals involved to the dispatcher.
  • If safe to do so, stay near the passengers until emergency responders are on site and the elevator is identified.

Winter Weather

During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signed of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Dress for the Weather

  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Stranded in a Vehicle

If a blizzard traps you in the car:

  • Pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.
  • Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful; distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close, but be too far to walk to in deep snow.
  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
  • Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.
  • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids to avoid dehydration, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs - the use of lights, heat, and radio - with supply.
  • Turn on the inside light at night so work crews or rescuers can see you.
  • If stranded in a remote area, stomp large block letters in an open area spelling out HELP or SOS and line with rocks or tree limbs to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.
  • Leave the car and proceed on foot - if necessary - once the blizzard passes.


Information obtained from FEMA at http://ready.gov

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence may take the form of various types of personal assaults. These may include weapons such as knives or handguns. The only warning you might receive during such an incident is the sound of gunfire, scuffling or other employees yelling a warning.

Never put yourself in harms way!

If you hear GUNFIRE:

  • Seek refuge immediately.
    • Choose an area that can be locked or secured from the inside if possible.
    • Select a room without windows.
    • Hide behind a desk, under a table, in a closet or bathroom.
  • Remain still and quiet until you have been advised by emergency personnel that the situation is under control.
  • If a phone is available in the area you are using for refuge, call 911 and report your location and the situation. If it is safe to do so, remain on the line and provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible.


  • Evacuate the building.
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.
  • Inform dispatchers of the situation and as much information as possible.


  • Evacuate the building.
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.
  • Take no action to intervene with the hostage taker.


  • Evacuate the building.
  • Immediately call:
    From campus phone: 911
    From cell phone*: 911 or #UKPD (#8573)
    *If you dial 911 from a cell phone to report something on campus immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from UK Campus and provide them with the street address or exact location from which you are calling.

After the Emergency

Regardless of the source or type of emergency, careful attention to administrative procedures must be paid to ensure protection of the facility and those within.

After a Workplace Injury or Illness

If an individual is injured or becomes ill as a result of his/her workplace environment, follow these procedures:

  1. Ensure that the individual has receive the appropriate medical care
  2. Notify the individual's immediate supervisor of the injury and of surrounding events.
  3. Consult the Occupational Health and Safety page for appropriate forms and phone numbers used in documenting the incident.
  4. If further assistance is needed, contact:
    Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness—257-3815
    Risk Management—257-3708
    Human Resources—257-9555

Damage to Buildings

In those cases in which a building was damaged during an emergency, take the following actions:

  1. Notify the appropriate Physical Plant of the damage:
    1. Main Campus—257-3844
    2. Medical Center—323-6281
  2. Notify Risk Management (257-3708) of the damage and provide them with necessary information.