1. Who do I call in case of an emergency on campus?
For Police, Fire, and life-threatening emergencies call 911 or UAPD at 205-348-5454.
2. How will I be advised of an emergency event affecting the campus?
In the event of an emergency on campus, UA Alerts will be sent. UA Alerts sends emergency notifications by telephone (cell and/or home), email, and text (SMS) messages. To sign up, students enter their contact information under the Student tab in myBama. Members of the campus community may also tune into UA Info Radio (92.5FM) for live updates in the event of severe weather or other emergencies affecting the University campus.
3. What is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?
A tornado WATCH indicates that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. A WARNING indicates a tornado has been spotted nearby. The University’s policy is to suspend operations during a tornado warning.
4. What do I do if the campus is under a tornado warning?
During a tornado warning:
- Move to a tornado shelter or Best Available Refuge Area (BARA).
- Classes are temporarily suspended.
- Buses will not operate.
- Alert others of the warning.
- Remain in shelter area until threat passes.
5. What is a Best Available Refuge Area (BARA)?
These locations are pre-identified as the best sheltering option in that building for building occupants who are unable to reach a designated storm shelter. Visit ready.ua.edu/shelters for more information about your closest storm shelter or BARA.
6. What if there is a fire?
- Pull the nearest fire alarm.
- Use stairwells to exit the building.
- Stay outside at a safe distance and keep others away from the building.
- Call 911 or 205-348-5454. The Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service and the University Police Department will respond to the call.
7. What if there is a medical emergency?
- Do not move the victim.
- Call 911.
- Accurately describe the situation to the dispatcher.
- Remain with the victim until help arrives.
- Stay out of the way of emergency officials.
8. What if there is an active threat?
Each situation is different, so no single procedure will work in all circumstances. You will have to make the best decision based on your situation.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Leave the area/building quickly and quietly.
- Call 911.
- Move to an area that can be locked or secured.
- Remain calm.
- Call 911 to alert police of the threat/shooter’s location.
- This is your last resort.
- Improvise weapons.
- Act aggressively.
- Commit to your actions.
9. What do I do if I encounter hazardous materials?
If you are involved or observe a hazardous material incident or release, which includes biological, chemical, radiological, fuel, and oil, then you must:
- Close the doors and isolate the area if it is safe to do so.
- From a safe area, call 911 or UAPD at 205-348-5454.
- Evacuate, if necessary.
- Do NOT attempt to clean up a spill or release.
10. What is the UA Safety App?
The UA Safety App provides students, employees, and visitors with immediate access to information in case of an emergency. Features include a built-in GPS to every campus building and shelter locations, AEDs, and safety guidelines for potential hazards. Users also receive exclusive UA Alerts and current UAPD advisories for up-to-date information.