Risk Management & Safety

This Emergency Response Plan outlines procedures for responding to, and recovering from a variety of emergency and disaster situations. These events may include: fires, hazardous spills, earthquakes, bomb threats, or major accidents. These kinds of situations may have diverse impacts.

The time to become familiar with emergency procedures is before an emergency situation occurs.

General Information & Emergency Closing

UNLV never officially stops operating. However, there are times when, because of emergency situations a facility or the entire campus may be closed. In an effort to ensure the safety of the faculty and staff, emergency conditions will be monitored so that a decision to close can be made in a timely fashion. The decision to close the campus partially, or in its entirety is made by the President or his designee.

News Media Inquiries

News media often phone or accompany emergency response crews to a site. If you are not authorized to speak on behalf of UNLV regarding an emergency, please refer media inquiries to the Office of Media Relations. You are not required to respond to reporters’ questions, and speculating about an emergency can produce misinformation that can worsen the situation. "I don't know" is the most accurate and appropriate response. In the absence of UNLV personnel, the emergency crews are the best source of information for the news media.

Important Phone Numbers

To report a crime or any emergency involving life, property or health: 911 (DO NOT DIAL 8).

When Calling:

  • Give the dispatcher your name and state your location, including building, floor, room number, etc.
  • The dispatcher will ask you questions about the nature of the emergency.
  • Do not hang up! Let the dispatcher end the call.
Non-Emergency Calls for Police Services Land Line - (702) 895-3669 / Cell - (702) 895-3669
Las Vegas Metro Police (702) 229-3111

Chemical Spill or Radioactive Material Discharge

Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm Risk Management & Safety (702) 895-4226
After Business Hours Police Services (702) 895-3669

Assisting the Disabled

Visually Impaired

In the event of the emergency, it is recommended to tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her to the nearest emergency exit. The preferred method, if needed, when acting as a “sighted guide” is to guide the individual by the elbow towards the nearest exit.

Hearing Impaired

Write a note to the person, telling them of the emergency and the nearest evacuation route. Example- "FIRE-exit out the rear door to the right and down. NOW!"

People using crutches, canes, or walkers

Carrying options include a two person lock arm position or having the person sit in a sturdy chair, preferably one with arms.

Non-ambulatory people (people in wheelchairs)

First, unless there is IMMINENT DANGER do not attempt to carry persons with mobility impairments. Instead escort them to the nearest stairwell and have at least two people wait with them in case further evacuation becomes necessary.

There are many considerations when moving a person in a wheelchair. Wheelchairs have moveable parts; some are not designed to withstand the stress of lifting. You may have to remove the chair batteries. Life support equipment may be attached. Lifting a person with little or no ability to move may be dangerous to their well being. Always consult with the person in the chair regarding:

  1. The number of people necessary for assistance.
  2. Ways of being removed from the wheelchair.
  3. Whether the seat cushion pad should be brought along when the person is removed from the chair.
  4. Whether to extend or bend extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter, leg bands, spasticity, braces, etc.
  5. Being carried forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
  6. The type of assistance necessary after evacuation.

Biological Spills

  1. Immediately evacuate the laboratory, allow aerosols to settle.
  2. If qualified re-enter the room and, wearing the necessary PPE, cover the spill with paper towels.
  3. Soak towels and spill with disinfectant. Allow contact time.
  4. Clean up spill and dispose of in biohazard bag.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

All exposure incidents should be reported immediately to the exposed employee’s supervisor by telephone, Worker's Compensation and Risk Management and Safety. A “Report of Occupational Exposure to Blood and OPIM” form should be completed as part of the post-exposure evaluation and prophylaxis.

Exposure involving mouth or eyes

Flush with water for at least 15 minutes.

Exposure involving a cut, abrasion, or puncture of the skin

Wash the area with copious amounts of soap and water for 15 minutes.

Bomb Threats

Bomb threats are serious matters threatening life and property.

  1. If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone, remain calm, courteous, listen without interrupting, and gather as much information. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
  2. If you are informed by university police or other designated personnel to evacuate an area, please do so as quickly and as orderly as possible.
  3. The Director of Media Relations (702) 895-3102 and the Police Services Chief (702) 895-3669 are responsible for all media inquiries.

Chemical Spills

If you do not know the identity of the spilled substance, have not been trained in the proper handling of chemical procedures, or are uncomfortable cleaning up the spill, immediately evacuate the area and notify Risk Mangement & Safety at (702) 895-4226 or Public Safety at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours.

If you do know the identity of the spilled substance and have been properly trained in the handling of the substance proceed with clean up procedures.


During an earthquake

  1. Stay in the building. DO NOT evacuate.
  2. Take shelter under tables, desks, in doorways or other similar places.
  3. Stay away from overhead fixtures, windows, filing cabinets and book cases.
  4. Assist any disabled persons out of the area and find a safe place for them.
  5. If you are outside, stay outside. Move to an open area away from buildings, trees, power lines and roadways.

After an earthquake

  1. Check for injuries; give or seek first aid.
  2. DO NOT use matches, candles, or open flame in case of gas leak.
  3. DO NOT operate electrical switches or appliances.
  4. Check for safety hazards, i.e. fires, gas leaks, water supply. View instructions for fire and chemical spills.
  5. Do not use telephones or roadways unless necessary. Keep them available for emergency use.
  6. Cooperate. Use a portable radio to stay informed. Remain calm.

If an evacuation is ordered

  1. Seek any disabled or injured person in the area and give assistance. Exit via the stairway. Do not use elevators.
  2. Beware of falling debris or electrical wires as you exit.
  3. Go to an open area away from buildings, trees, power lines and roadways.
  4. Wait for further instructions from emergency personnel.

Evacuation Procedures

  1. Fire alarms will be used to sound evacuation situation. FAILURE TO EVACUATE IS UNLAWFUL.
  2. Remain calm and orderly. Walk quickly but DO NOT RUN to the nearest exit.
  3. Follow instructions from emergency personnel (i.e. Fire Fighters, EMT, URT, or Police)
  4. If persons with disabilities are in the area, give assistance as needed (see Assisting the Disabled, above).
  5. Shut off all operational equipment, secure any experiments and turn off lights and shut door as you leave.
  7. Move a minimum of 150 feet from the building and assemble in the closest open area. Keep roadways and walkways CLEAR for emergency vehicles and workers. Stay in the area until otherwise instructed differently.


  1. Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or other furniture that will provide protection from flying glass and debris.
  2. After the effects of the explosion have subsided, dial 911.
  3. If necessary, activate the building alarm system.
  4. Evacuate the immediate area of explosion.
  5. Seek and assist injured and disabled people in evacuating the building. Exit via the stairway. Do not use elevators. See the Assisting the Disabled section.
  6. Once outside, move to an open area at 150 feet away from the affected building. Avoid inner courtyards. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.


Before a fire occurs

  1. Know the location of the exit nearest your area (look for posted evacuation maps).
  2. Know the location of the fire alarm pull box nearest your area.
  3. Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area.
  4. Know how to use a fire extinguisher.

Upon discovery of a fire

  1. Pull fire alarm and give verbal warning.
  2. Call Police Services at (702) 895-3669, they will dispatch Fire Department. Or dial 911.
  3. Follow evacuation procedures in this pamphlet.
  4. Close doors to contain fire and smoke.
  5. If it is safe to do so, and you have been properly trained, you may attempt to extinguish the fire.

If your clothes catch fire, drop to the floor, cover your face with your hands, and roll side to side to smother the flames, or use a fire blanket if available.

First Aid

In the event of a major illness or injury, immediately call 911 and tell the dispatcher that you have a medical emergency. Tell them your location on the UNLV campus (building, floor, and room number).

Give appropriate first aid until paramedics or university police arrive. DO NOT ADMINISTER FIRST AID TECHNIQUES THAT YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY TRAINED TO DO. DO NOT MOVE A VICTIM UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Be sure to contact your supervisor once emergency professionals arrive.

Choking (cannot speak or has a weak cough)

  1. Check victims mouth and clear of any foreign matter is possible.
  2. Use four upward abdominal thrusts just above the navel.
  3. Continue until the airway is cleared

Fractures and Sprains

  1. Keep victim still. Give care for shock.
  2. Keep injured area immobile.
  3. Stop any bleeding.

Fainting, Unconsciousness and Shock

  1. Lie victim on side if unconscious.
  2. Keep victim comfortable
  3. Ask or look for medical I.D.
  4. If breathing stops give CPR IF TRAINED TO DO SO.
  6. CALL 911

Severe bleeding and wounds

  1. Apply direct pressure on wound using clean cloth or hand.
  2. Take reasonable precautions against contact with blood.
  3. Apply pressure to pressure point if necessary.
  4. Elevate body part- if no fracture.
  5. Add more cloth if blood soaks through.
  6. Keep pressure on wound until help arrives
  7. DO NOT use a tourniquet

Heart Attack

  1. Help victim to a comfortable position, usually sitting up.
  2. If not breathing give artificial respiration, if trained to do so.
  3. Ask or look for emergency medical I.D. Call 911

Poisoning and overdose

  1. Call 911 for immediate transport to hospital.
  2. Save label or container for identification.

If you are aware of a known antidote or if vomiting should be induced you may do so. If you are unaware of either of these procedures DO NOT do either, wait for EMS to arrive.

Mouth-to-Mouth resuscitation

  1. If victim appears unconscious, tap shoulder, SHOUT "ARE YOU OKAY?"
  2. Tilt head back to open airway and CALL 911.
  3. Look, listen, and feel for breathing. If not detected:
    1. Pinch nostrils with fingers
    2. Inhale and place your mouth tightly over victim's mouth.
    3. Give two full SLOW breaths.
    4. Check for pulse on victim's neck (5-10 seconds). If no pulse and no breathing begin CPR IF TRAINED TO DO SO. If victim has pulse but no breathing, give one slow breath every 5 seconds for 12 breaths and check pulse again. If necessary, start this step over and continue until help arrives.

Flood Procedures

Any member of the university community, who discovers a flood problem or potential flood problem should follow these procedures:


  • If a campus building begins to flood, go to the next level in a multi-story building and in a single story building move to a safer area if possible. Call Facilities Management at (702) 895-4357 and describe the nature of the problem.
  • Avoid contact with any electrical devices that may have come in contact with water.
  • If the building has been evacuated, do not return to the building until instructed to do so by Facilities Management. Be sure to take your personal belongings.


  • Do not drive through a flooded area on campus. The depth of the water is not always obvious.
  • If your vehicle stalls in water, leave the vehicle immediately and move to higher ground.
  • Do not walk through or play in floodwater. Floodwater may contain toxic matter.

Power Outage

Power Outage

  1. Between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday notify the Facilities Supervisor at (702) 895-4357. If there is no answer, send a message to the Facilities Office and/or to the Office of Vice President for Finance.
  2. If not during regular business hours please call 911.
  3. If building evacuation is required, exit via the nearest exit. DO NOT use elevators. Seek out any disabled persons and provide assistance (See the Assisting the Disabled section, above).
  4. Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with a lack of electricity, or if the power is unexpectedly restored. Notify the lab supervisor or Police Services ((702) 895-3669). If a specific hazard exists call 911.
  5. When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, chemical vapors may reach hazardous concentrations. To avoid this, use natural ventilation and clean up chemicals and close containers. If this is not possible, follow chemical spill procedures

Elevator Failure

  1. If individuals are trapped inside the elevator, try to verbally notify occupants to stay calm and tell them help is on the way.
  2. If you must leave the area to secure help, tell the passengers you are doing so.
  3. If you are inside a trapped elevator, notify building occupants with the telephone or alarm bell.
  4. Between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm notify Facilities at (702) 895-4357 of all elevator problems.
  5. After normal business hours call Police Services at 911.
  6. Talk to the passengers until help arrives.

Radiological Spills

Notify the Radiation Safety Officer at (702) 895-4226; After Hours UNLV Dispatch at (702) 895-3669.

If an immediate fire hazard exists, if immediate medical assistance is required, or if you cannot reach the RSO or RMS office, CALL 911. While waiting on Emergency Response Personnel notify the Radiation Safety Officer at (702) 895-4226; or after hours UNLV Dispatch at 702-895-3669.


  • Stop the spill if is a small/moderate amount.
  • Warn others—yell or call out; do not track materials out of the room.
  • Isolate the area, and warn others to stay away from the spill.
  • Minimize your exposure: If spill is on clothing, remove clothing, flush contaminated skin with lukewarm water and survey. CALL THE RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER AT (702) 895-4226 FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE. If radioactive dusts and mists are present or suspected, LEAVE THE AREA AND CALL THE RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER.
  • Survey the area of the spill for possible contamination, ENSURE THE SPILL IS UNDER CONTROL.


Workplace violence may take many forms and may include use of deadly weapons. Advance warning of the violence is highly unlikely. Contact Public Safety at (702) 895-3669 in the event of any incident of workplace violence.

Gunfire/Weapons Observed

  1. If gunfire is heard, seek refuge in an area that can be locked from within if possible. Choose a room without windows or stay out of sight from room windows. Quickly get yourself and others to safety and remain away from the danger.
  2. Call Police at "911". If it is safe to do so, stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  3. Take no action to intervene.

Hostage Situation

  1. Immediately evacuate the building if this action does not put you in greater danger. Carefully avoid the attention of those taking hostages.
  2. Take no action to intervene.
  3. Dial "911". Provide as much information as possible and if safe to do so, remain on the line with the dispatcher.
This document was last modified on June 23, 2014.