University of Houston-Victoria

Emergency Management

Emergency Quick Reference Guide

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  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Call 911 to report the fire and know your location.
  • Notify and Assist people in the immediate area.
  • Confine the fire by closing doors as you exit.
  • Evacuate the building at the nearest exit.
  • Do not re-enter the building until it is authorized to do so by emergency personnel or UHV personnel.

Building Evacuations

  • When the fire alarm is activated, evacuation is mandatory.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Take personal belongings (ID, keys, purses, wallets) that you can quickly and easily access.
  • Close the doors as you exit.
  • Move to a safe area as designated by emergency responders, well away from the building.

Active Shooters

  • If possible, exit the building immediately and call UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.
  • If you cannot exit, clear the hallway quickly and remain behind closed doors in a locked or barricaded room if possible. Stay away from the windows.
  • Remain calm-Do not assume someone else has called the police, call UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.
  • Evacuate the room, only when authorities have arrived and instructed you to do so.
  • Do not leave or unlock the door to see what is going on outside the room.

Do not attempt to confront or apprehend the shooter, unless it is a last resort.

Suspicious Behavior/ Persons of Concern

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into the locked room/building.
  • Do not block a person’s access to an exit.
  • Call UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.

Suspicious Packages

  • Do not touch or disturb the object or package.
  • Evacuate the immediate area
  • Call UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.
  • Notify your building administrator, residence hall director or RA.

Severe Weather

  • See shelter indoors
  • Check your phone or email for shelter in place directives.
  • If a Tornado Warning or shelter in place is issued, seek shelter indoors in an interior room away from the windows, and on the lowest floor possible. 

Bomb Threats

  • Remain calm. Get as much information as possible from the threatening caller.
  • Call UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.


  • Flooding can occur during major rainstorms, water line breaks or loss of power to sump pumps. In case of imminent or actual flooding:
  • IF you can do so safely:
    • Secure vital equipment, records and hazardous material.
    • Shut off non-essential electrical equipment.
    • Wait for instructions from emergency responders or maintenance personnel.
  • Move all personnel to safe locations and away from the building or area in danger.
  • Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by the emergency responders or UHV maintenance personnel.

Gas Leaks, Fumes, Vapors

  • If you detect the smell of gas, fumes, or leaks”
    • DO NOT pull the fire alarm
    • DO NOT touch light switches or electrical equipment
    • CALL 361-570-HELP and advise the answering party of the situation
    • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the Police, Security, or Fire Marshal
  • Provide your location and location of the odor to the Police, Security, or Fire Marshal during the notification of the incident.
  • Provide as many details as possible to the person answering the phone.
  • Call 911 if it is necessary

Hazardous Material Spills

Hazardous material spill, incident, or release for which assistance is needed:

  • If the incident is indoors, close all doors in order to isolate the area if it is safe to do so.
  • From a safe area, contact UHV PD (361-570-HELP) or 911.
  • Be prepared to provide information:
    • Name of the material leaking
    • Quantity of the material leaking
    • Time of the incident
    • Location of the incident
    • If anyone is injured or has been exposed to the chemical
    • If there is a fire or explosion involved
    • Your name, location, and phone number
  • Follow the instructions provided by the emergency responders.
  • Evacuate or Shelter-in-Place if required.

Medical Emergencies

  • Cardiac Arrest-Heart Attack
    • Assess the scene for safety
    • Check the victim
    • Call or instruct someone to call 911
    • Locate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) if one is available
    • Perform CPR or find someone who can
    • 911 dispatchers may coach you in CPR if necessary
  • Burns
    • Remove the cause of the burn.
    • Flush the area with water.
    • Do not apply a dressing or creams or lotions.
    • Call 911 immediately
  • Bleeding
    • Apply firm but gentle pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or tissue. (Check for first aid kit if possible)
    • Immobilize the body part.
    • Keep the person lying down in a safe and protected area.
    • Call 911 immediately

Follow instructions from emergency personnel. Your safety has to be kept in high priority during emergencies.