IX. Emergency Procedures and Resources

All University employees are encouraged to sign up for the zotALERT Campus Emergency Notification System. zotALERT uses cell phone text messaging to quickly notify the UCI community of emergency and safety-related information. Go to http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/ for more information.

The gathering point for the Education and Law buildings is the corner of Campus Drive and East Peltason Drive. Assemble on the lawn directly above the marquee. The gathering point for the MPAA building is either the corner of Campus Drive and East Peltason or the corner of the parking lot near the School of Law.

Please note that the gathering point is not in the parking lot or in the courtyard because room must be available for emergency vehicles and personnel. Please remain in the designated evacuation site until you are notified you may re-enter the building.

There is no mandatory evacuation of the building after an earthquake unless the fire alarm activates. If the fire alarm activates, then follow normal evacuation procedures. If there is no fire alarm then individuals decide whether they want to leave the building. Facilities surveys buildings for structural damage after an earthquake; if found, a verbal evacuation order will be given.

Active Shooter incidents, where a suspect has started shooting, are highly unpredictable and volatile. They are also very rare. Here is a list of recommended actions. Remember, use common sense and follow the instructions of emergency personnel.

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  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.

  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.

  • Leave your belongings behind.

  • Help others escape if possible.

  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.

  • Follow the instructions of police officers.

  • Do not attempt to move wounded people.

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  • Remain out of the active shooter’s view.

  • Your hideout should provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door).

  • Blockade the door with heavy furniture, turn off the lights, close blinds, and silence cell phones.

  • Your location shouldn’t trap you or restrict your options for movement.

  • Remain quiet and do not answer the door until emergency personnel arrive.

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As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, you may choose to attempt to take the active shooter down:

  • Act aggressively against him/her.

  • Throw items and improvise weapons.

  • Yell and fight.

  • Commit to your actions and follow through.