Event organizers, sponsors and hosts should be prepared to respond in an emergency.
First aid kit
Bring a first aid kit to the event or know where the nearest first aid kit is located.
Plan for an evacuation
If your event is indoors, find the nearest evacuation map, typically posted on each floor of every University building.
- Note exit routes.
- Note the evacuation assembly area (the location where people gather after evacuating).
- Note if the building has an area of refuge or evacuation waiting area (a location inside the building where a person can remain during an emergency if they are unable to evacuate).
Review the Classroom Evacuations guidelines to prepare for an emergency evacuation.
Sign up for UW Alerts to ensure you get notified if an emergency occurs.
If an emergency occurs during the event that requires evacuation:
- Direct staff, volunteers and attendees to respond to building alarms and emergencies.
- Note any individual(s) with disabilities and/or conditions that may prevent evacuation. Notify emergency responders of the location of any individual who was not able to evacuate.
Do not block campus fire lanes
When 9-1-1 is called on the Seattle campus, UW Police and Seattle Fire Department emergency vehicles will use designated fire lanes to get to the scene of the emergency quickly. It is critical that campus fire lanes are kept clear at all times to avoid emergency responders losing time getting to someone who needs help.
Campus fire lanes are not always marked; some fire lanes may not be obvious because they also serve as major pedestrian paths. Check the UW Emergency Responders Map (requires a UWNetID) before your next event to ensure the path of police and fire vehicles is not blocked.