Emergency Preparedness

An emergency consists of any situation that poses immediate and extreme danger to people, property, or processes. Because most emergencies are sudden, severe, and unexpected, it is extremely important to prepare ahead of time for a possible emergency. Proper preparation helps ensure safety and survival.

Emergency Preparedness Guide

Emergency Definitions:


A lockdown may be instructed or necessary during situations such as the presence of a hostile or armed intruder on campus or in close proximity to campus. A lockdown requires locking doors, windows, and barricading oneself to block entry to a campus facility, a classroom, or to an office until further information is received from UTA PD.

Lockdown Procedures:

  • Go to the closest room, close the door and lock if possible. Blockade door with furniture or heavy items.
  • Close windows, blinds, and turn off lights.
  • Remain silent.
  • Spread out.
  • Silence ringer on cell phones or any noise producing devices.
  • Remain in lockdown until it is safe to leave and/or you receive notice from UTA PD.
Cooperate with rescuers.

To take immediate shelter where you are for protection from the elements outside (severe weather, chemical release, etc.). To effectively shelter-in-place, you must first consider the hazard and then choose to shelter in a building that is safe.

Run/Hide/Fight may be instructed or necessary during an emergency situation such as an active shooter. Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation.



Have an escape route and plan in mind.
Leave your belongings behind.
Help others if possible.


Hide in an area out of the shooter's view.
Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
Silence your cell phone and/or pager.


As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the threat.
Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter. Yell and call for help.

Emergency Management


All threats to the School of Social Work will be divided into two categories:

  1. those that require immediate evacuation of floors; and
  2. those that require seeking shelter within the buildings.

Drills are in place.  Evacuation of buildings will be signaled by activation of the fire alarm evacuation systems.  The assembly locations have been predetermined and will be practiced during evacuation exercises each year.