Safety & Emergency Information


What to do in an Emergency

What to do in case of an Earthquake:


  • Make sure shelves are secure and designed with latching doors or raised edges to prevent objects from falling (email for assistance).
  • Top-heavy furniture and equipment must be bolted to walls or floor.
  • Store breakables and heavy objects on lower shelves. Overhead lights, heavy artwork, and mirrors need to be anchored.
  • Information technology continues to work with Campus IT and the Office of Emergency Preparedness to identify improvements with the campus WarnMe system
  • Facilities and IT are exploring a series of "safety" best practices videos for training and communication
  • Facilities is working with Program Directors and Marketing to increase the Safety awareness and general information on Haas websites
  • Haas CIO is working with the Student Leadership on other vehicles for information sharing and to ensure year-to-year continuity of critical safety information


  • If you are in a building:
    • Stay indoors until the shaking stops.
    • Move away from windows that may break and furniture or large objects that could fall over.
    • Take cover under a table, bench or desk and hold on, or go to an interior wall or hallway.
    • Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.
  • If outdoors:
    • Stay outdoors.
    • Move to an open area away from trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, or signs.
  • If in a vehicle:
    • Pull to the side of the road as safely as possible.
    • Keep away from overhead hazards such as trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, signs, and bridges/overpasses.
    • Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • If you're in a theater or auditorium:
    • Crouch down between the rows of seats.
    • Cover your head and neck with hands and arms.
    • Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.


  • After the shaking stops, evacuate cautiously, taking your belongings and any emergency supplies. Do NOT re-enter the building until it has been inspected and declared safe by emergency responders.
  • On your way out, look for signs of building damage or for persons who are injured or trapped. Watch for falling objects as you leave the building.
  • Go to your building's Emergency Assembly Area; tell those in charge there that you are out of the building. Report injured or trapped persons and any signs of building damage you observed.
  • Turn on a battery-powered or vehicle radio for information.
  • Do not use the phone for local calls except emergencies, immediately following the earthquake. An overloaded phone system will delay the delivery of emergency assistance to those in need.

What to do in case of an Fire:


  • Participate in scheduled fire drills.
  • Post emergency numbers near telephones.
  • Get training on how to use fire extinguishers (email for training info).
  • Do not store combustible materials in closed areas, near a heat source, or in exit pathways.
  • Limit use of extension cords, never run them under carpets, or anywhere they can be pinched under or behind furniture.
  • Avoid overloading electrical sockets and plugging extension cords together.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from anything that can catch fire. Remember to always turn them off at the end of the day.
  • Pay attention to housekeeping issues. Do not clutter exits, stairways, and storage areas with waste paper, empty boxes, and other fire hazards


  • Immediately notify the fire department and your co-workers by pulling the alarm station. Call 911 (510-642-3333 if using a cell phone) from a safe location to provide details of the situation.
  • If trained, able and safe (with a sure and safe exit), use a portable fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. Evacuate if one extinguisher does not put out the fire.
  • Evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible. On your way out, warn others.
  • Close doors and windows if time permits, to delay the spread of the fire. Touch closed doors before opening. Do not open them if they are hot.
  • Use the stairs to evacuate. Do not use elevators.
  • When evacuating, stay low to the ground. If possible, cover mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling smoke and gases.
  • Once outside, go to your building's Emergency Assembly Area, tell those in charge there that you are out of the building, and report injured or trapped persons and any signs of building damage you observed.
  • Emergency Assembly Areas:
    • Cheit Hall: West of Cheit Hall between Minor Hall and the Women's Faculty Club
    • Bakar Faculty Building: Gayley Plaza
    • Student Services Building: Boalt Hall Parking Lot
  • Wait for instructions from emergency responders.

If unable to leave the building, create an area of refuge

  • Seal the room. Use wet cloth to stuff around cracks in doors and seal up vents to protect against smoke.
  • Do not break windows. Flames and smoke can come back in from the outside. If you need air, open the window a crack.
  • Stay low under smoke. The freshest air is near the floor. Keep a wet cloth over your nose and mouth; breathe through your nose only.
  • Signal for help. Call 9-1-1 (510-642-3333 if using a cell phone), or hang something out the window.

What to do in a Shooting Incident:

Should a shooter or a person with a weapon appear on campus, call 911 as soon as safely possible. The University Police Department is trained to deal with this incident and will respond immediately upon notification.

The following suggestions are general in nature and may not apply in all circumstances, as each situation is different. You will have to decide whether to hide or run, fight or obey. Use good judgment to determine what is best to protect yourself and others.

If you are in the same room or immediate area as the shooter:

  • Obey the shooter unless it endangers you or someone else.
  • Remain quiet.
  • Do not argue with or provoke the shooter.
  • Avoid looking the shooter in the eyes.
  • Be observant.
  • Try to take cover as soon as you can.

If you are in the vicinity of or in the same building as the shooter:

  • Take cover and remain still if shots are being fired at or near you.
  • Alert others of the situation and location of shooter.
  • Depending on the circumstance, you may want to consider pretending to be injured.
  • If you can, remove others from the line of fire.
  • If you can, assist the injured.
  • Do not run in a straight line.
  • While running, use trees, cars, bushes, or anything to cover your escape.
  • If you can, leave the danger area immediately.
  • If you hide, ask yourself is this a good spot.
  • Barricade yourself in the room with desks, furniture, etc.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Lock your door.
  • Turn off lights and audio equipment (silence your cell phone).
  • Stay calm.
  • If you can, keep surveillance until law enforcement arrives.
  • Follow directions of law enforcement.
  • Call 911 and give the following information:
    • Building / Site Name and location.
    • Your name and phone number.
    • Exact location and number of shooters.
    • Description of shooter, type of weapon, number of hostages, if any.
    • Number and location of injured persons.

When the police arrive, they may not know who the shooter(s) are, yet perpetrators have been known to hide among students. Therefore it is important to obey all law enforcement commands. Officers may order everyone to raise their hands or even place handcuffs on them. This is done for safety reasons to prevent further injury and possible escape by the perpetrator(s).