Emergency Preparedness for UCLA Employees

Emergency Preparedness for UCLA Employees

April 22, 2014

Preparedness Checklist

Sign up for BruinAlert and make sure to update your contact information if it changes.
Program UCPD's direct number into your cell phone: (310) 825-1491. During an emergency, calling this number will ensure the fastest response possible.
Make sure that you know what to do if there is an active shooter (PDF) on campus or a bomb threat or suspicious package (PDF).
Know the procedure to take if you think an explosion is imminent. (Drop to the floor and lie flat, covering your head with your hands. Afterwards, leave the area as quickly as possible, but only after debris is no longer flying. Do not linger to retrieve personal belongings or to make a phone call.)
If working with biological, chemical or radiological agents, make sure that you have received the proper safety training regarding personal protective equipment and other safety procedures, including those for storage, use and disposal of these materials. These procedures can be found in UCLA's Laboratory Safety Manual (PDF).
Know how to shelter-in-place and lockdown.
Learn how to recognize signs of workplace violence.
Know who your Floor/Area Warden is.
Learn relevant building evacuation routes, fire alarm pull-station locations, fire extinguisher locations, assembly areas, evacuation areas for major disasters as well as procedures for accounting for all persons.
Make or purchase an Emergency Supply Kit for your office and home.


Your Role During an Emergency

Report an emergency or suspicious activity to UCPD by calling (310) 825-1491 from a cell phone or 911 from a campus phone.
Facilitate the appropriate response (e.g., Evacuation, Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place).
Provide assistance to injured/disabled individuals when possible.
If you are called back to campus, return to campus as soon as possible.
Assume your emergency response role (e.g., Floor Warden, Area Warden, Building Coordinator, EMPG member, CEOG member, etc.) if you have one.
Check in with Department Head and Floor/Area Warden. Report any missing personnel.
Follow directions given by First Responders.
In the event of a civil disturbance or demonstration that is not registered, blocks access to UCLA facilities or interferes with campus operations, do not intervene. Lock doors and windows, secure vital research and continue with your normal routine unless otherwise instructed by UCPD.

In the case of a fire, use the acronym ESCAPE to guide your response:

  • Evaluate the situation
  • Secure the immediate area by removing personnel
  • Close the doors to the room or area
  • Activate the building fire alarm
  • Phone UCPD that there is an emergency
  • Extinguish the fire as appropriate



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Emergency Action Plan Template (xls)