EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION POLICIES
University of Richmond Evacuation Policy requires all persons to leave any facility where an emergency evacuation alarm is activated as promptly as possible via the nearest available exit. If an alarm has not been activated, but it becomes clear that an emergency exists, all persons must leave immediately. Building alarm pull stations should be activated upon exit. The University has Emergency Evacuation plans for each building. Each building will have a Building Emergency Coordinator and Floor Monitors to ensure everyone has evacuated.
The University has developed a Critical Incident and Emergency Operations plan that includes information regarding the procedures to be followed in the event of a significant emergency. University Departments are responsible for developing contingency plans and continuity of operations plans for their staff and areas of responsibility. The university publicizes its emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the institution. Each test will be documented to include a description of the exercise, the date the test was held, the time the test started and ended, and whether the test was announced or unannounced. The test will include measurable goals and follow-through activities designed to review the test.
University of Richmond police officers have received training in Incident Command and responding to critical incidents on campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the UR Police Department and local fire departments. They typically respond, access the situation and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other UR departments and other federal, state and local agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.The University Emergency Management Team (EMT) will be contacted and will meet if the incident warrants additional resources. The EMT is comprised of key University administrators and student leaders who are responsible for preparing for and responding to campus emergencies.