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Students and visitors will look to staff for assistance. Know the procedure for evacuations and conduct annual training.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Know your room and floor layouts.
    • Know where building exits are located.
    • Know alternate routes to reach exits.
    • Know where you can shelter in place.
  • Know how to report an incident from the rooms you use.
  • Determine how the door(s) might be secured and barricaded.
  • Identify furnishings or other items that might be used as shields, or, if it comes to it, projectiles or weapons.
  • Assure that people with disabilities have the assistance they may require during an incident.
  • Check and update your contact information for AlertVU to receive incident alerts via telephone, email or text messages at
  • At the conclusion of an “active shooter” event, you should let your department management know where you are if you are on campus so that everyone can be accounted for. Staff should not leave campus to go home during or after an active shooter incident without first gaining approval from their department management.
  • Even in an emergency situation, the university is responsible for maintaining sufficient staffing levels to meet its needs. Please abide by all time-reporting requirements as outlined in Emergency Preparedness policy.
  • Staff members who have been injured in the incident should follow the Work Related Accident and Injury Policy, even if taken to the VUMC Emergency Department or an emergency room at another hospital.

Have questions or need assistance with planning ahead for your particular area? Contact Emergency Preparedness at