Student Emergency Guidebook

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The Student Emergency Guidebook is a quick reference guide that contains emergency numbers, what to do in an emergency, and Fall and Spring Semester Calendars.

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Emergency Numbers

(for all UGA Campus emergencies call 911)

  • Ambulance: 911
  • UGA Police: 911
  • UGA Police Administration Line/Records: 706-542-5813
  • Athens-Clarke County Police: 911
    • Non-Emergency: 706-546-5900
  • Athens-Clarke County Police Records/Information: 706-613-3330
  • Fire: 911
  • UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services Dept. (CAPS):
    • 706-542-2273 (regular hours)
    • 911 or 706-542-2200 (after hours)
  • Hospitals –
    • ARMC: 706-475-7000
    • St. Mary’s 706-389-3000
  • Public Health: 706-389-6921

Student Preparedness Checklist 

  • Check your information in UGAAlert ( and programmed (706) 542-0111 as UGAAlert in your cell phone.
  • Obtained the UGAAlert Desktop software at
  • Complete the OEP online emergency preparedness module to learn more about emergency preparedness and available resources.
  • Be sure that you and your roommate share your parents’ phone number in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an entry in your cell phone of ICE (In Case of Emergency) if you are injured and cannot speak.
  • Know where to shelter in the event of a tornado, and know two ways out of the building in case of a fire.
  • Have an emergency kit with a flashlight, radio, first aid kit, and non-perishable food.
  • Never leave your laptop, cell phone or backpack unattended, even if you are only away a few minutes.
  • Always lock your car and bike. Never leave valuables visible in your car.
  • Always report suspicious behavior to the UGA Police at 911.
  • Download the UGA Mobile App to you phone.
  • Know the housing staff for your residence hall in case there is an emergency or other problem.
  • I will take a CPR/First Aid Class.
  • Follow @UGAAlert and @UGAOEP  on Twitter.
  • Review UGA’s computer safety and security information at

Fire Evacuation iconFire Emergency

  • Evacuate the building immediately
  • Notify the UGA Police at 911 immediately
  • Do not use the elevators and notify others as your leave
  • Assist individuals who may need assistance to move to a safe area
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized to do by emergency personnel

Chemical Spill iconChemical Spill

  • Notify the UGA Police at 911 immediately
  • Remove yourself and others from the area
  • Cordon off the area and do no let others enter the area
  • Do not pull the fire alarm unless there is a fire
  • Provide first responders with information about the spill, chemical and spill area

Medical Emergency iconMedical Emergency

  • Call the UGA Police at 911
  • Provide your name, location, number of people injured, and description of the medical emergency
  • Stay on the phone for instructions of what to do
  • Designate someone to flag down emergency responders outside of the building
  • A map of the campus Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Tornado iconTornado/Severe Weather

  • Monitor TV, radio, NOAA weather radio, Internet, etc.
  • Shelter on the lowest level of your building
  • Do not pull the fire alarm
  • Stay away from windows
  • Move to an interior hallway
  • Wait for an “all clear” notification
  • If outdoors, lie in a ditch or crouch near a strong building

Police badge iconActive Shooter Emergency

  • Call the UGA Police at 911
  • Take whatever actions are necessary to protect your life if in  immediate danger
  • If possible, flee the area safely and avoid danger
  • If flight is impossible, lock (or barricade) all doors and secure yourself in a safe area
  • Take action against the shooter as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Remain in place until an “all clear” is given by law enforcement

Student iconStudents in Distress

If you are in contact with a student who appears to be an immediate threat to his or her own safety or that of others, please call 911.
Crisis situations include:

  • Stated intention to commit suicide or inflict serious harm to self
  • Stated intention or obvious behavior indicating an imminent threat to harm others

Non-emergency situations in which the student does not pose an immediate threat to self or others, but exhibits behavior revealing a potential for harm may be referred to:

  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 706-542-2273 or
  • Office of the Dean of Students at 706-542-7774 or
  • University Police at  911

Preventing Assault
Most rapes and sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances.

  • Be assertive, direct, and clear
  • Be direct about reaching an understanding with a friend or a date
  • Do not accept a ride from someone you just met
  • Remember alcohol and drugs impair not only your judgment but also your ability to make that judgment clear to someone else
  • Don’t walk alone after dark

The UGA Police and the University Health Center offer a number of free, educational programs to students about the prevention of sexual assaults, for more information:

  • call 706-542-0104 (UGA Police Crime Prevention) or
  • 706-542-SAFE (Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator – University Health Center)

Emergency Information for Parents
In the unlikely event of a campus emergency, please assist campus and local public safety officials by following these guidelines in regards to contacting your student:

  • Do not call the UGA Police for information unless you have an actual emergency
  • Log on to the UGA Homepage,, for more information about the emergency
  • Use social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to communicate with your student to verify their welfare

If you must contact your student immediately during a large campus emergency, please text instead of calling. Texting uses less bandwidth and will enable emergency calls from UGAAlert to reach your student faster during an emergency.

Emergency Kit Contents Build or purchase a small kit for your room and/or car with the following items:

  • First Aid Kit – ibuprofen, acetaminophen, adhesive bandages, antibiotic, gauze, etc.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Radio (battery-powered or crank type)
  • Have extra cash and change, stored in a secure place, for emergencies
  • Personal supplies (antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, etc. prescription medicines, extra pair of glasses or contacts)
  • Whistle with lanyard & several safety light sticks (bend, snap, shake light sticks)
  • Small blanket or Mylar emergency type blanket and emergency poncho
  • Small supply of plastic utensils and paper cups, paper plates and napkins
  • Small pliers and small screwdriver
  • Cell phone charger
  • Bottled water (watch for leaks)
  • Ready-to-eat energy bars or non-perishable food (and manual can opener)