Fire

When a fire alarm sounds, always exit the building immediately.

Immediately notify Security Services (x3311) or Tacoma Fire Department (911) and do not re-enter the building unless authorized by the Emergency Response Team.

If there is a safe exit:

  • Pull the fire alarm and/or verbally alert others to the exit the building.
  • Close doors and windows in your immediate area as you exit.
  • Leave the building via the closest and safest exit. Do not use elevators.
  • Meet with others in the designated Emergency Gathering Area and wait for directions from the Emergency Response Team.

If there is no safe exit:

  • Place a towel or other material under your door to prevent smoke from entering your room.
  • If a door handle is not, do not open the door.
  • Flash room lights, hang something from a window, and/or call for help from a window.

Earthquake

For more information on Natural Disasters visit the university's Emergency Preparedness website.

Indoors:

  • Seek refuge under a desk or table, or other substantial furniture or fixtures.
  • Stay away from windows and items that could topple over or fall from overhead.
  • Do not exit buildings until the shaking ceases.
  • Proceed quickly to the nearest safe exit.
  • Be prepared for aftershock.

Outdoors:

  • Meet with others in the designated Emergency Gathering Area and wait for directions from the Emergency Response Team.
  • Do not re-enter buildings until authorized to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines
  • If in a vehicle, stay inside and stop at the nearest safe location, away from power lines. The field house and tennis annex may be used on a temporary basis to provide food and shelter, if necessary.

Personal Safety

For more information on personal safety please visit the university's Questions and Answers on Emergency Preparedness website.

  • Park your vehicle in lighted and heavily traveled areas at night or in the early morning.
  • Use 24-hour Security Escort Service (253-879-3311). Do not walk alone, especially at night.
  • Always lock vehicle and residence doors, even when you are in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables visible or unattended.
  • Call x3311 immediately to report incidents or suspicious circumstances.