Planning for an Emergency

Prepared students, faculty, and staff are a priority of the University of Richmond. They should be familiar with applicable emergency plans and procedures as well as evacuation routes. When there is an emergency on campus, a UR Alert notification will provide the following information: type of incident, location, and the action you should take. Know the terms so you can quickly take action.

Terms to Know
Shelter-in-place events are usually weather-related emergencies. When it is necessary to shelter-in-place, you will be safest by moving inside to a building space that protects you from the danger. DO NOT lock doors behind you as others may also need to shelter-in-place.
Evacuations require you to leave an area immediately. If time and conditions allow, take with you important personal items such as your keys, purse, medication, or eye glasses. Determine in advance the nearest exist and emergency evacuation route.  Establish an alternative way out in case the nearest exit is blocked or unsafe.
Secure-in-place means placing a locked door or other barricade between you and the associated danger. Use good judgment. First and foremost, if you can get out, do. Trying to get yourself out of harm’s way needs to be your number one priority. If you can’t get out safely, you need to find a place to hide. Act quickly and quietly and try to secure your hiding place the best you can. Turn out lights, silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone, and if possible remember to lock the door. Try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you. Do your best to remain quiet and calm.
Basic Steps
Be Informed
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as building an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. Register for UR Alert to receive important information during an emergency.  Get more information at
Build a Kit
This means having your own food, water, and other supplies such as a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phone charger, and medications, stored in an easy-to-carry container or bag.  Find out what else to include in your kit at
Make a Plan
Know in advance what to do if you need to evacuate. Choose an out-of-area contact person because if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service, it may be easier to text or call long-distance.  Individuals with functional needs should consider being part of a buddy system with a roommate, classmate, or colleague who could provide assistance and support before, during, and after an emergency.  Visit for more information.


Always use common sense. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.

Dave McCoy
AVP Public Safety, Chief of Police
(804) 289-8718

Brittany Schaal
Director, Emergency Management
(804) 289-8855

UR Emergency Hotline
(804) 289-8760, (866) 386-0403

UR Police, emergency
(804) 289-8911 (911 on campus)

UR Police, non-emergency
(804) 289-8715

UR Switchboard
(804) 289-8000