Individual emergency preparedness is the first and most important step in creating a resilient campus community.

That is why all members of the UNCG community are encouraged to Be Spartan Safe — or to actively engage in basic emergency preparedness efforts.

Small preparations, such as creating a plan, making an emergency kit, and practicing emergency response procedures, help to not only keep you safe and secure but also contribute to a prepared and resilient campus community.


You’re ready to ace your next exam, but are you prepared for an emergency situation on campus? Just like that exam, it’s all about taking time to be prepared. Emergencies can occur when we least expect it and regardless of whether you are in a classroom, studying in the library, at a dining hall, or in your residence hall/apartment. Therefore, it’s up to you to be prepared before, during, and after an emergency. Be Spartan Safe for whatever life throws your way by following these six easy steps:

  1. Stay informed about what is happening
  2. Know what to do in case of an emergency
  3. Make a plan
  4. Build a kit
  5. Download the Spartan Safe App


General Preparedness

Make sure to familiarize yourself with:

  • Your office, workspace and/or classrooms
  • Identify the location of the closest emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), first aid kits, etc.)
  • Identify two emergency exit routes out of the office, workspace, classrooms or other areas you frequent.
  • Your building’s emergency action plan
  • Your department’s continuity of operations plan

Print the Emergency Procedures Poster, a quick reference of key actions for particular scenarios, and post it near your workstation and/or office suite.

Be Prepared to Act

Safety is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:

  • If you discover an emergency situation or observe something suspicious, call 911
  • If you are assigned emergency response duties, execute your responsibilities
  • Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter-in-place. Absent official instructions, use your best judgment
  • Protect yourself. Do not jeopardize yourself or others attempting to save property
  • Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge rendering first aid
  • If you are a designated employee for your unit, be ready to support continuity operations

Be Informed

Having access to accurate information about impending or actual threats or emergencies can mean the difference between life and death. Spend time reviewing this website and other university safety resources.

Emergency Notification

The University utilizes multiple redundant tools to alert the community to an emergency as quickly as possible. Emergency alerts are reserved for critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health and safety of the University community. Faculty and staff may be alerted in several ways:

Situation Updates

The official source for the most current and detailed information is the Spartan Safe website.

Faculty Classroom Preparedness

Students look to the person at the front of the class for leadership, anticipating that you will know what to do if an emergency occurs. Be Spartan Safe in the classroom by reviewing and utilizing emergency preparedness resources to help you manage classroom emergencies.


Securing the Space During a Secure in Place

  • Practice locking each door (they may each operate differently).
  • Make a plan and practice locking doors quickly– can TAs or specific students help?
  • Consider how you and others might hide in the classroom.

Evacuating a Space

  • Practice exiting each door in the classroom to have a clear idea of where the door leads and where the nearest building exits are located.
  • Consider how you will direct students in an emergency.

Preparing for Different Emergency Situation

  • Identify the location of the closest emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers, and automated external defibrillators (AED).
  • For tornados or shelter-in-place situations, locate the closest interior hallway or room(s) without windows—your class may already be in one—that will accommodate your class.
  • Plan for other possible disruptions (e.g., medical emergencies, disruptive individual), keep a cell phone handy.

Parents and Family

Sending your loved one off to college can be frightening, unnerving, and exciting all at the same time. We know this may be the first time your child is leaving home and that college can be just as tough–if not harder–on parents/guardians than on the students. UNCG has developed plans to ensure that the University is better prepared for any disaster. While no one can prevent every disaster from striking, we can mitigate our risk and prepare for them. We are committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Despite our best efforts, it is impossible to prevent and predict every emergency that could occur. We rely on our students’ personal preparedness for various emergencies that may occur on or around campus. It is important that you talk to your student about the increased responsibility for personal safety that she or he will assume during their time at UNCG. We call this being Spartan Safe.

Prepare Before an Emergency

  • We strongly encourage you to make a communication plan with your student that you can enact in the event of an emergency. Know how to contact each other.
  • Review the Make a Plan page with your student. Create a plan together so everyone understands how to communicate and reunite with each other.
  • Encourage your student to sign up for Spartan Alert text messages, read Emergency Procedures, and participate in preparedness activities throughout the semester.
  • Parents should also know where to receive Spartan Alert messages, including text messages, the Spartan Safe App, Spartan Safe website.

During an Emergency

  • Obtain accurate information from verified sources via Spartan Safe and the University homepage.
  • Do not panic if you cannot reach your child. Following a large-scale emergency cell phones may not work.
  • Unless directed to do so, do not come to campus during an emergency as additional individuals and traffic on campus will inhibit response efforts.
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