Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures


When reporting an incident, make sure to first share your location.
If building phones are not functional, find a fax line or cell phone to use.


  1. Follow directions of authorities.
  2. Secure hazardous materials or equipment.
  3. Take personal belongings (keys, purses, wallets, cell phones, etc.).
  4. Use the nearest exit or, if it is blocked, an alternate exit.
  5. Do not use elevators!
    Assist persons with disabilities or special needs.
  6. Account for individuals in your residence hall and/or building.


  1. In case of water, power, heat or cooling outages call Physical Plant at 276-328-0196 or, after normal business hours, call  (276) 973-5513
  2. In case of internal telephone systems outages, use cell to call Voice Communications at 276-328-4663 (on campus 7-4663 (PHONE)) or email phone@uvawise.edu.
  3. In case of a critical incident relating to computer systems, call the OIT Help Desk at 276-376-4509 (or on campus 7-4509).


You may be safer where you are.

  1. Stay quiet and calm.
  2. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  3. Follow directions of authorities.


For major spills: 

  1. Call Wise County 911.
  2. Evacuate, assemble at a safe distance and designate someone to communicate with Campus Police and other off-campus emergency services.
  3. Notify Campus Police and emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the spill.

For all spills: immediately call Wise County 911.


  1. Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  2. Evacuate the building.
  3. Call Wise County 911.
  4. Do not re-enter the building until authorized by UVa-Wise College Police.


  1. Do not let anyone into a locked building/office or “tailgate” into the building behind you.
  2. Do not confront the person.
  3. Do not block the person’s exit.
  4. Call Wise County 911 and provide as much information as possible.


TORNADO WATCH: means conditions are right for tornado; remain alert to weather conditions.TORNADO WARNING: means a tornado has been sighted; warnings are typically available 3-15 minutes in advance of the tornado.

  1. Go to an internal, lowest area of safety: hallways or basement away from
    windows and glass.
  2. Do not use elevators during a tornado warning. Persons with mobility concerns should go to a safe place at the time of a tornado watch; do not wait for a tornado warning!
  3. Close all doors, including main corridors.
  4. Crouch near the floor or under heavy, well-supported objects and cover your head.
  5. If outside, lie down in a low area such as a ditch and cover your head.
  6. Be alert for fire and use the fire plan as needed.


  1. Evacuate the building as quickly and calmly as possible.
  2. Call Campus Police at Wise County 911.
  3. If items are falling, get under a sturdy table or desk.
  4. If fire is present, stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible.
  5. If trapped in debris, tap on a pipe or wall to alert rescuers.
  6. Help others exit the building and move to designated evacuation areas.
  7. Untrained persons should not try to rescue people who are inside a collapsed building; wait for emergency personnel.


If you know location of assailant or danger, consider escaping if a safe escape route
is immediately available to you. Call Wise County 911 when safe.

If it is unsafe to escape:

  1. Immediately seek protection.
  2. Secure area by locking or barricading door using whatever means available.
  3. Stay behind solid objects away from door.
  4. Call Wise County 911.
  5. Minimize noise that may draw attention to your location: turn off lights,
    computers and radios and put cell phones on vibrate.
  6. Follow all directions of authorities; do not challenge law enforcement.


While Campus Police is available to the campus 24/7, members of the campus community are reminded to also be responsible for their own safety and security, and that of others.  Campus Police trains the campus community in the ADD strategy – Avoid, Deny, Defend – in response to an active threat of violence. Consider your personal safety strategy in such a situation when law enforcement is not immediately available or is en route, including:

  1. Avoid the situation. If a safe route is available, evacuate and move as far away as possible from the threat.
  2. Deny access.  If unsafe to escape, lock or block doors and entries with anything available to create a barrier between you and the threat.
  3. Defend You have the right to protect yourself if necessary.

Then, call 911 when it is safe to do so.

Learn more about the ADD strategy.


  1. Do not touch or disturb object.
  2. Call Wise County 911 immediately.
  3. Be prepared to evacuate.


This information was adapted for UVa-Wise from an original document written by the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Preparedness. Updated on this site on January 24, 2013 based on new campus procedures announced by UVa-Wise College Police on January 23, 2013 (2:48pm EST).

See past announcements for campus email notifications of new policies and procedures.