UT Arlington
Safe and Sound in Maverick Country

In the Elements

Dealing with the elements can be a risky endeavor. Common sense, knowledge, and general awareness are key in ensuring safety whether you’re in a lab, dealing with a fire, or taking cover from severe weather.


The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and notifies the University community when local conditions affect the status of classes, programs, events, and activities. All announcements are communicated via MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students). Additionally, notices are posted at uta.edu, recorded information is available on the University’s Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements are sent to local media outlets and the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


The Environmental Health and Safety Office strives to promote a safe and healthy working, learning, and living environment for the campus community. Managed program areas include:

  • Biological safety
  • Chemical safety and hazardous waste management
  • Defensive driving
  • Department safety liaison
  • Fire and life safety
  • Indoor air quality
  • Occupational and construction safety
  • Radiation and laser safety
  • Storm water
  • Workers' Compensation

For more information, visit uta.edu/campus-ops/ehs.


If you see fire or smoke, or smell smoke, complete the following steps:

  • Activate the fire alarm pull station to begin evacuating the building.
  • If you are not in immediate danger, call 9-911 and the UT Arlington Police Department emergency number at extension 2-3003 to report the fire.
  • Exit the building by following posted evacuation routes. Do not use elevators during an emergency.
  • Once a building has been evacuated, occupants must receive permission from the Police Department, the fire department, or the Environmental Health and Safety Office before re-entering.
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