Campus-wide Emergencies

In the event of a campus-wide emergency, up-to-date information will be available through several communication vehicles:

In the event of a fire emergency

Step 1: Sound the alarm

If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the fire alarm. If there is no alarm in the building, warn other occupants by knocking on the doors and shouting a warning as you leave.

Step 2: Leave the building

Do not stop to gather your belongings. Close all doors behind you as you exit. Stop to help others only  if you can do so safely.

Step 3: Call for help

Dial (213) 740 -4321 (UPC) or (323) 442 -1000 (HSC) to report the fire, or use an emergency phone. Give as much information as possible to the emergency dispatcher, and stay on the line until they have all the information they need.

Learn more about fire emergency procedures from the Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.

In the event of an earthquake emergency

Step 1: Drop to the floor

Protect yourself from falling objects and toppling furniture.

Step 2: Take cover

Duck under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture that is not likely to tip over. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors and tall furniture.

Step 3: Hold on

If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold onto it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.

Learn more about earthquake emergency procedures from the Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.

In the event of an active shooter emergency

Step 1: Run

If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate. Evacuate whether others agree or not. Leave your belongings behind. Help others escape if possible, and prevent others from entering the area. Call 911 when you are safe.

Step 2: Hide

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide. Lock and/or barricade the door, then hide behind large objects. Silence your cell phone and remain very quiet.

Step 3: Fight

As a last resort, and ONLY if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression. Improvise weapons, and commit to your actions.

The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) has created a presentation tailored for students, faculty, and staff on “What to Do in the Event of an Active Shooter.” The presentation takes about (1) hour and discusses the options of “Run, Hide or Fight.” To schedule a training, contact Captain Steven Alegre, DPS Operations Bureau, at or 213- 740-4904.