Information on this website should be useful to you in the event of an emergency and as a reminder about good safety habits. It is designed to help you make the best decisions possible to protect yourself, but there is no substitute for common sense and awareness of your surroundings. All members of the campus community are encouraged to use our many resources to protect themselves.
Functional Needs Population Emergency Information
Whether you have functional needs, a medical condition, or an injury that impacts your mobility, you may need extra assistance in an emergency.
The information on this page is intended for anyone who may need assistance in taking the individual safety actions described on this website. Whether you have a disability, functional needs, medical condition, or an injury that impacts your mobility, you may need extra assistance in an emergency.
The individual actions described under the types of emergency tabs still apply, but the execution may need to be altered to account for your circumstances. No single policy can cover every emergency condition or cover every individual’s needs. Please consider the following recommendations.
If you are unable to evacuate:
- ACT—Take steps to protect yourself. Carry an evacuation assistance card to help pass information to first responders.
- Call 911 if possible and tell them the location to meet you and your need for assistance.
- Move to a location near an exterior enclosed stairwell, if possible.
- Assist emergency responders by clearly communicating your needs. Have a person exiting the location notify first responders of your location.
- Move into the stairway and wait for emergency personnel if doing so doesn’t block evacuation.
- It is best to be assisted by trained responders. However, ask other evacuees for assistance if the situation warrants immediate action.
Prepare in advance: You may find it helps to let someone in your office, dorm, college, student group, etc. know that in certain situations your actions will need to be adjusted. Some safety needs specific to your circumstances can be considered in advance. This could include but is not limited to:
- Assistance evacuating
- Maintaining medical supplies
- Alternative communication support—including being alerted to an emergency
- Critical power needs
- Service animals
- Medical monitoring
- Dietary needs and life threatening allergies
University buildings and transportation are ADA compliant and will be used for sheltering and evacuation operations. However, emergencies tend to present unique challenges. When checking in at a shelter, be sure to let someone know of any special needs you might have (i.e. the examples above).
For more tips on personal preparedness, read this FEMA pamphlet.
Being aware and having some basic knowledge of how to respond in a crisis can be the difference between life and death.
Everyone has a role in the campus effort to be prepared. More importantly, every student, faculty, and staff member is a critical part of the response. The information in this section will help you prepare and respond to life threatening emergencies.
Being Prepared is Easy: Do One Thing Today!
Here is a list of possibilities:
- Click on one of the links in the box and learn a response action
- Make a family communication plan
- Locate an AED/Stop the Bleed Kit in your building
- Find the emergency information posters in your building
- Build an emergency kit with a few days of supplies
- Update your mobile number in UT Alert
- Register with UTPD if you need evacuation assistance or have medical needs
- Take preparedness training in Canvas
Learn what to do in these potentially dangerous situations.
- Natural Gas Leak
- Report Suspicious Activity
- Severe Weather
- Suspicious Package
- Utilities Outage
Look for emergency procedure posters located in campus buildings.
The UTS Alert system is designed to enhance and improve communication to the campus community in the event of an emergency or campus closure. The goal is to use several methods to deliver messages to the community as a whole and spread the word, not to individually reach each member.
- The system may be used with text capable cell phones, smart phones, or pagers.
- Messages will also be sent to campus e-mail accounts.
- Communication is used for ongoing safety threats, emergencies, or severe weather events. For more information about when UTS Alert is activated see UTS Alert and Safety Notices 101.
- The service is free (your service provider may bill for text or data usage) for students, staff, and faculty. Log into your UTS Alert account online to confirm your phone number to ensure you receive text messages.