Classroom Preparedness

Emergency Information for Faculty and Instructors in the Classroom

The importance of emergency preparedness extends into the classroom. Students, even in higher education settings, look to the instructor for guidance and definitive action during an emergency. Faculty and instructors who take a few minutes at the start of each term to familiarize their students with the basic evacuation and emergency procedures will find a peace of mind that they and their students are better prepared for an emergency.

What should I do as the instructor?

  • Include the Emergency Response Procedures: Faculty Syllabus and the UCI Emergency Response Procedures in all course syllabi.
  • Clearly cover the basic emergency procedures for the class during the first week of class, particularly evacuation and what to do in the event of a secure-in-place incident.
  • Know how to report an emergency from the classroom.
  • Communicate the evacuation route and assembly area outside the building in case of emergency.
  • Bring a class roster (for accountability) and a list of important telephone numbers (department leadership, lab managers, etc.).
  • Persons with disabilities who self-identify, should be able to provide information on special assistance needs if an emergency occurs. Persons with disabilities may need assistance leaving the building during an evacuation.
  • Most importantly: Provide leadership if an emergency arises and follow emergency procedures for all building alarms and emergencies.

Reporting an Emergency

  • Report an emergency or suspicious activity to UCIPD by calling 9-1-1 or 949-824-5223.
  • State the nature of emergency.
  • Remain on the line until the operator hangs up.

Classroom Evacuation

All fire alarms require evacuation, including drills and false alarms. Use the nearest available exit, and move well away from the building to allow access for responders as needed. Report to your assembly area. Ensure your class knows the location and use to account for students after evacuation.

Secure in Place

  • Secure the classroom by locking the doors.
  • Block the door with desks, chairs, or tables, if the doors won't lock.
  • Move people away from windows and behind items that protect them (desks, chairs, tables).
  • Contact 9-1-1 when you feel safe enough to do so.
  • Wait for instructions by monitoring cell phones for ZotALERTs.