Risk Management & Safety

The Risk Management and Safety (RMS) Department located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Maryland campus would like for you to take a few minutes to review this important Emergency Response Plan outlines as a guideline 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 and we what you to be well prepared. You, the members and visitors of the UNLV community are important to us and we would like to encourage you to become actively involved with your safety. Remember 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 students, faculty, staff and visitors, 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.


FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, CALL 911 from a campus phone or UNLV Police at (702) 895-3669.

UNLV Police Services for Non-Emergency Calls (702) 895-3668
UNLV Emergency Preparedness (702) 895-5766
RebelSAFE On-Line Only
Las Vegas Metro Police (702) 229-3111
UNLV Risk Management and Safety (702) 895-4226
Facilities Management Help Desk (702) 895-4357
Student Wellness Center (702) 895-3370
Office of Student Conduct (702) 895-2308
Evening Security Escort Services (702) 895-3668, ext. 2
Counseling and Psychological Services (702) 895-3627
UNLV CARE 24 hour Hotline (702) 895-0602
Employee Assistance (877) 234-5151

Chemical Spill or Radioactive Material Discharge

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


To report a crime or any emergency involving life, property or health you can call 911 from any campus phone. You DO NOT have to dial 8.

In the event of a fire, activate the building's fire alarm system and call 911 from a safe location. Evacuate the building immediately! (see FIRE section)

When calling 911:

  1. Stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  2. Provide the address of the building involved and (or) your exact location (building, floor, room number, etc). This is especially critical if you are calling from a cell phone.
  3. Provide a thorough description of the incident to ensure that proper resources are dispatched.
  4. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

Emergency Telephone System (ETS):

Are placed throughout campus if in the event of an emergency or need for UNLV Police, to report a fire or need of an ambulance. The ETS boxes are red and (or) black, have a blue light on top and are marked "POLICE" or "EMERGENCY".

For emergencies, use the Emergency Telephone System in the following manner:

  1. Open the door and/or
  2. Push the button
  3. In a few seconds, the UNLV Police Dispatch Center personnel will answer and send help.

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 at www.unlv.edu/mediarelations/ or call (702) 895-3102.

You are not required to respond to reporters' questions, and speculating about an emergency. Doing so, could 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.


Before a fire occurs

  1. Know the locations of the nearest exit to your location. Best practices are to know at least two (2) ways out.
  2. Review your building's Building Emergency Evacuation Plan (BEEP) annually.
  3. Know the location of the fire alarm pull stations nearest your exits, if applicable.
  4. Know the locations of the fire extinguishers in your area. Remember not to block them.
  5. Know how to use a fire extinguisher. (PASS - Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep).
  6. Know where your designated emergency assembly area is outside the building.

If a fire is discovered in a building:

  1. EVACUATION IS A MUST... Immediately evacuate the building as this is required for everyone in the building.
  2. If needed, and without taking too much time, shut off all operational equipment, secure any experiments, lock computer, grab keys, personal belongs and shut the door behind you if you are the last person. Closing the doors can help reduce the spread of smoke and heat.
  3. Walk quickly and orderly to the nearest exit. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  4. If the building is equipped, manually activate the building's fire alarm system by activating the pull station as you exit the building.
    • If you come across a person with disabilities, provide assistance if possible. Otherwise, advise them to shelter-in-place away from the smoke and fire and call 911. Also, provide their location to emergency responders.
  5. When you're outside or your safety is not in jeopardy, dial 911 or call UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669, they will dispatch the Clark County Fire Department.
    Provide the Police Dispatcher the following information:
    • Name of the building
    • Location of the fire within the building
    • A description of the fire and (if known) how it started.
  6. Report to your department's outside designated emergency assembly area to be accounted for. This can be found in the Buildings Emergency Evacuation Plan (BEEP) on the RMS website under Fire and Life Safety. It is strongly recommended to review your building's BEEP annually.
  7. Gather away from the building and emergency responders at the emergency assembly area. Move a minimum of 150 feet from the building and keep roadways and walkways CLEAR for emergency vehicles and workers. Stay in the area until otherwise instructed differently.
  8. DO NOT re-enter the building until the fire department or police personnel give an all clear.
  9. It is best practice to have an alternate emergency assembly location if in the event of severe weather outside.

NOTE: 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.

If caught in smoke:

  1. Do not breathe the smoke! Try to remain calm.
  2. If you encounter smoke, stay low and go! Try to get out fast or to an area of refuge.
  3. Breathe through your nose, and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible.

If trapped in a building:

  1. Remain calm! If possible, move to a room with an outside window.
  2. Close all doors and windows.
  3. Stuff clothing or towels around the cracks in the door to help keep smoke out of your refuge.
  4. Attempt to signal people outside of the building. If there is a telephone, call 911 and tell the dispatcher where you are. Do this even if you can see fire department personnel from the window.
  5. Stay where rescuers can see you through the window, and wave a light-colored item to attract their attention.
  6. Be patient. Rescue of occupants within large structures will take time.


If you are unable to evacuate:

  1. If unable to evacuate, shelter in place in an area with no immediate hazards and call 911 or (702) 895-3669. Advise the police dispatcher of your location (building, floor, room number).
    • The use of 911 routinely identifies the location of the caller if you are calling from a UNLV campus phone. Even if the caller is unable to speak, the dispatcher will automatically send help.
  2. If you are unable to call 911, advise others around you of your location and have them inform emergency personnel of your location.
  3. If you are in no immediate danger, remain where you are and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  4. If you are in immediate danger, move to an area where you can shelter in place (recommended areas would be a room with an outside window or a room with a sprinkler system, if available.)
  5. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS during an emergency.
  6. You are encouraged to carry a sounding device like a small whistle, flashlight, and cell phone to alert emergency personnel of your location. It would be useful to have a cell phone, hard-wired telephone, or computer system in the shelter location to assist in obtaining additional information as well as being able to report any life-threatening conditions.

Note: It is best to have arrangements pre-planned for evacuation assistance. Arrangements can be made to reasonably assure that additional assistance is provided to anyone who requires it. Having a plan and practicing it may save your life.

Biological Spills

  1. Remove contaminated clothing.
  2. Immediately evacuate the laboratory if the spill is not contained in a Bio Safety Cabinet, allow aerosols to settle.
  3. If qualified re-enter the room and, wearing the necessary PPE, cover the spill with paper towels.
  4. Soak towels and spill with the appropriate disinfectant. Allow a 10 minute minimum contact time.
  5. Clean up spill and dispose of in bio-hazard bag.
  6. Call RMS's Chemical Safety Officer at (702) 894-4226 to report a spill and (or) if need of assistance.

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 Management and Safety at (702) 895-4226 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours.

For any small spills, 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. Remember to report the spill by calling Risk Management and Safety's Chemical Safety Officer at (702) 895-4226.

For all major spills, evacuate the area immediately and notify Risk Management and Safety at (702) 895-4226 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours (8am - 5pm).

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.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

All exposure incidents should be reported to their supervisor who in-turn, would report the incident to the Risk Management and Safety Claims Administration Coordinator. The Claims Administration Coordinator provides information on locations that provide post-exposure evaluation and treatment. Wounds and skin sites that have been in contact with blood and body fluids should be washed with soap and water; mucous membranes should be flushed with water.

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.

Illness Or Injury To Students, Faculty, Staff Or Visitors

In the event of a serious illness or injury, immediately call 911 or call UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669. Tell the dispatcher that you have a medical emergency and provide them with the following information:

  1. Your name and telephone number
  2. Nature of the illness or injury
  3. Location of the emergency on UNLV campus (building, floor, and room number)
  4. Number of people involved: Is victim(s) conscious, breathing, bleeding?
  5. Any additional information you may be able to provide (i.e. chemical or radioactive materials involved)
  6. Remain on the line till the dispatcher has asked you all the questions and follow their instructions.

It is best practice to have someone, if available to meet the ambulance personnel outside and take them to the person that is ill or injured.

Please remember...
  • Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of the patient. Wait for professional help if you are not trained in First-Aid.
  • Do not move a victim unless absolutely necessary.

First-Aid can be considered minor care only. Students with minor illnesses or injuries are eligible for minor care at the Student Wellness Center, where a UNLV healthcare professional can treat you. In more severe cases, 911 should be called to have the ill/ injured evaluated and (or) transported to the hospital. If in doubt, make the call...

For all incidents of job related illness and injury to faculty or staff members, a C-1 form must be complete and submitted to Risk Management and Safety's Claims Administration Coordinator within seven (7) calendar days of date of injury or within seven (7) calendar days after knowledge of an occupational disease and its relationship to employment. It is also important to inform your supervisor of any injuries or occupational diseases immediately. Please visit the Risk Management and Safety website at Workers' Compensation for more information.

First Aid And CPR/AED

It is strongly recommended and best practice that one should have proper training in First-aid, CPR and the use of an AED.

Risk Management and Safety provides classes. Check http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/AvailableCourses/ for more information or to get signed-up for a class.

UNLV has an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) program. To find out the locations in your area go to: http://rms.unlv.edu/fire-and-life/aed/ . Risk management and Safety maintains all UNLV academic building AED's on the Maryland campus, Paradise campus, Shadow Lane campus and Nevada State College campus. If someone notices any problems or a missing unit, please notify Risk Management and Safety at (702) 895-4226, as soon as, possible so we can address any issues and ensure the unit is "Rescue Ready".

If an AED unit is needed to assist someone in cardiac arrest, remember to call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 to dispatch an ambulance immediately. Time is muscle!


Unlike other emergencies, the procedures to deal with an earthquake are much less specific. Since earthquake magnitude cannot be predetermined, everyone must initiate emergency precautions within a few seconds after the initial tremor is felt, assuming the worst possible case.

The best earthquake instruction is to take precautions before the earthquake (e.g. secure or remove objects above you that could fall during an earthquake).

During an earthquake

  1. Stay in the building. DO NOT evacuate.
  2. Remain calm. If indoors, drop to the floor under a sturdy desk or table, cover your head and face with your arms.
  3. Stay away from overhead fixtures, windows, filing cabinets, book cases and heavy equipment.
  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 the buildings, trees, power lines and roadways.

After an earthquake

  1. Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually less intense than the main quake, but can cause further structural damage and injury.
  2. Protect ourselves at all times.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, overhead wires, parking garages and other structures. CAUTION: Avoid downed power or utility lines as they may be energized. Do not attempt to enter buildings until you are told you can by emergency personnel or university officials.
  5. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle for the shelter it provides.
  6. Evaluate the situation and call 911 for emergency assistance, if necessary.
  7. Do not use flares, torches, cigarettes, candles, matches, and (or) any open flames, since gas leaks could be present. If a fire is caused or present by the earthquake, evacuate the building carefully.
  8. Do not operate electrical switches or appliances.
  9. If the structural integrity appears to be deteriorating rapidly, evacuate the building. Do not use the elevators. Always use the stairs.
  10. Should you become trapped in a building, stay calm! If a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window, tap on the wall at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.
  11. If you or someone is injured, call 911 for help if possible and give or seek first-aid treatment if able.
  12. Do not use telephones or roadways unless necessary. Keep them available for emergency use.
  13. Remember to remain calm. Use a portable radio or your cell phone to stay informed.

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.

Flood Guidelines

Any member of the university community, who discovers a plumbing failure/flood problem or potential flood problem, should follow these guidelines:

  1. Cease using all electrical equipment. Avoid the area and call UNLV Facilities Management at (702) 895-4357 (HELP) or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours (8am-5pm).
  2. If a campus building begins to flood, move to a safe area if possible or evacuate the building.
  3. Avoid contact with any electrical devices that may have come in contact with water.
  4. 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.

It is best practice to assess your workspace prior to any flood and look at what electronic devices (i.e. desktop tower) you can lift up off the flood when possible.

Flash Floods

Flash flood is a serious threat to the lives of drivers and (or) people in the flash floods' path. If you are in your vehicle driving and you come across a flooded road, it is important to remember to NOT enter flooded streets. Do not drive through a flooded area on campus. The depth of the water is not always obvious. Fast moving water, even only a few inches deep can quickly sweep you off your feet or float your car away.

  1. If in the event of a major rain storm that may cause isolated flooding, it is safer for you to stay where you are and wait for the storm to end rather than attempting to drive anywhere.
  2. Never drive through a flooded road or around barricades.
  3. If your vehicle stalls in water, leave the vehicle immediately and move to higher ground.
  4. Do not walk through or play in floodwater. Floodwater may contain toxic matter.
  5. Stay out of flood channels and detention basins, which can rise as quickly as one foot a minute.
  6. Pay attention to the weather. If you are out hiking, seek higher ground immediately, as you may be in an area that can have a flash flood.

Utility Failure

If the power goes out, remain calm. Most buildings have emergency lights or back-up power generators. If the emergency lights or exit sign illuminations are not working, take note of it and report it later to Facilities Management to fix. It is always a good idea to check this at least once a month in your area. Risk Management and Safety however, recommends having a PLAN B. It is a good idea to have an extra flashlight near-by. Here are some other simple guidelines to remember:

  1. If your building is experiencing a power outage or utility failure, call UNLV Facilities Management at (702) 895- 4357 (HELP) during regular business hours or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3668 if after business hours (8am - 5pm).
  2. If building evacuation is required, exit via the nearest exit. DO NOT use elevators. Seek out any disabled persons and provide assistance, if possible or see the EVACUATION - PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES section, above.
  3. 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. It is always best practice to have a call lit ready within your lab. If a specific hazard exists notify Risk Management and Safety at (702) 895-4226 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours (8am - 5pm).
  4. 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 the CHEMICAL SPILL guideline section.

Elevator Malfunctions

If you become trapped in an elevator, use the emergency telephone or activate the elevator emergency bell within the elevator car. Remember if the phone in the elevator is not working and you have a cell phone, you can still call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669. Please tell the UNLV police dispatcher if someone in the elevator is in need of medical attention.

If you are not inside the elevator but hear an elevator bell, please take the following actions. (Most elevators on campus are equipped with an emergency telephone.)

  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. Call UNLV Facilities Management at (702) 895- 4357 (HELP) during regular business hours or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 if after business hours (8am - 5pm).
  4. In the event of a medical emergency inside the elevator, call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669. Remember to tell the police dispatcher what floor the elevator may be stuck on if you know.
  5. Talk to the passengers until help arrives.
  6. Rescue to elevators may take a little time. Try to remain calm.
  7. Never attempt to exit the malfunctioned elevator unless told to do so my emergency personnel. Please do not jump in elevator.


Any and all types of explosions are extremely dangerous and should be taken seriously.

  1. Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or other furniture that will provide protection from flying glass and debris. Remember, if you are working with a chemical that may have some characteristics to explode, follow your lab safety procedures, use caution and always wear your required PPE.
  2. After the effects of the explosion have subsided, call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669.
  3. If necessary, activate the building fire alarm system.
  4. Evacuate the immediate area of explosion.
  5. Seek and assist injured and disabled people in evacuating the building if needed. Exit via the stairway. Do not use elevators.
  6. Once outside, move to an open area at 150 feet away from the affected building. Avoid inner courtyards.
  7. Keep fire lanes and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  8. If contaminated, remove effect clothing and try to minimize contamination to others. Report it to your lab supervisor or the emergency personnel that respond.
  9. Be cautious of second explosions. Remember, if you see something . . . say something.

Bomb Threat/ Suspicious Package

All bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter. To ensure the safety of the faculty, staff, students, and the general public, bomb threats must be considered real until proven otherwise. In most cases, bomb threats are meant to disrupt normal activities. The procedures described below should be implemented regardless of whether the bomb threat appears real or not.

  1. If a suspicious object or potential bomb is discovered, remain calm and do not handle the object, clear the area immediately, and call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669.
  2. Be sure to include the location and appearance of the object when reporting.
  3. If a phone call bomb threat is received:
  4. DO NOT put the caller on hold.
  5. DO NOT attempt to transfer the call.
  6. DO NOT hang up the phone that the call came in on. If possible have someone else use another phone to call 911.
  7. Pay particular attention to background noises, such as running motors, music, or any other noises that may indicate the location from which the call is being made.
  8. Listen closely to the voice to determine voice quality, accents, speech impediments, sex, or any unusual characteristics.
  9. If you are informed by UNLV Police or other designated personnel to evacuate an area, please do so as quickly and as orderly as possible.
  10. The Director of UNLV Media Relations (702) 895-3102 and the UNLV Police Chief or designee at (702) 895-3669 is responsible for all media inquiries.


Workplace violence may take many forms and may include use of deadly weapons. Advance warning of the violence is highly unlikely. Call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669 in the event of any incident of workplace violence.

Gunfire/Weapons Observed or an Active Shooter

  1. If gunfire is heard, try to remain calm and seek refuge in an area that can be locked from within if possible.
  2. Stay out of sight from room windows and turn the lights off.
  3. If it is safe to do so, call 911 or UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3669. Remember to put your phone on silence.
  4. Call/Text 911, if possible, and alert police to the location of the threat; if you can't speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what's taking place. Normally the location of a 911 call can be determined without speaking.
  5. You have options. You can make attempts to:
    • RUN: Escape the area of threat
    • HIDE: Seek cover and/or concealment
    • FIGHT: Overpower or distract with force (should be considered a very last resort)
  6. Be informed... learn what to do. Sign up for RebelSAFE to get free emergency alert text messages Rebel Safe. Contact UNLV Police Services to learn more or attend a class.

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. Call 911. Provide as much information as possible and if safe to do so, remain on the line with the dispatcher.

Under All Circumstances

  1. If you decide to flee during an active threat situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind.
  2. Do not carry anything while fleeing; move quickly, keep your hands visible, and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter.
  3. Do not attempt to remove injured people; instead, leave wounded victims where they are and notify authorities of their location as soon as possible.
This document was last modified on May 24, 2018.