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Emergency Procedures


Emergency Procedures

Per the University of Kentucky Fire Marshal, each attendee must be aware and adhere to the following procedures in the event that a building’s fire alarm is activated.

Automatic and complete evacuation is required any time a fire alarm is activated
Prior to each session you will be instructed as to a meeting place outside the facility.
Always know at least two directions of escape
As you enter into any facility, take notice of exit signs and stairwells. Always keep in mind that the path you took into the facility may be blocked and you may need to take a different path out of the building. Elevators shall not be used for exiting a building once the fire alarm is activated.
Never go toward smoke
If you encounter smoke while exiting, turn around and go the opposite direction. If you encounter smoke in a stairwell, get out of that stairwell and find another path out.

The University of Kentucky Police Department and its Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness urge visitors to stay informed during their visit to campus and offer several mechanisms in which to do so.

In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone, or dial #UKPD (#8573) from a cell phone. 

Work is currently under way, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, on a state-of-the-art comprehensive security management system which includes, among other things, video cameras and increased early warning communication capabilities.  Recent installations include 26 new wide-area outdoor emergency notification towers across campus.  This multi-faceted, high-tech system includes wide-area audio broadcast capabilities in the event the campus community needs to be notified of a threat to campus safety or inclement weather.  The emergency notification towers, which include emergency phone access at the push of a button, will be illuminated at all times during the night and flash during times of emergency.  In the event of a campus incident or weather warning that requires immediate action by the campus community; emergency messages will be relayed through these outdoor speakers when the system is fully operational. 

When there is an emergency situation that requires immediate action or when a crime has been reported that represents a threat to the campus community, a UK Alert and/or Campus Crime Bulletin is issued.

UK Alert:  An emergency notification issued only when immediate action is required, such as the need to seek shelter or when there is a significant disruption to campus operations. Examples include: Active shooter, hazardous material spill, tornado warning, etc. Parents, media, visitors, and other interested parties may register for UK Alert on a voluntary self-subscription basis by adding contact information such as mobile numbers in order to receive voice calls and/or text messages and personal emails.  You must register in order to receive notifications.

 UK Alert delivers messages to subscribers on a "best effort" basis to the devices registered by each user. As such, it is a personalized service designed to complement the other communication tools already used by the university to advise the campus community during emergencies. In addition to the mechanisms listed previously, UK Alerts are posted to the university website, social media (Facebook & Twitter), distributed to local news outlets, and Time Warner Cable channels 16 and 219. 

 Campus Crime Bulletin: Crime Bulletins are issued when a crime is reported or brought to the attention of UK Police, and that crime represents a threat or on-going danger to the safety of the campus community. Immediate action is not necessarily required, but the information contained in the Crime Bulletin is still deemed important and pressing. Crime Bulletins will be distributed as soon as possible after the incident is reported; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Crime Bulletins are issued for any "Clery" crime committed on "Clery" geography in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. They are distributed via broadcast emails, posted on the UK Website, provided to local media and flyers are printed and distributed to any number of areas on campus based upon the nature of the event. 

 The UK 2012 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report includes the latest statistics for 2012, as well as statistics from 2010 and 2011 concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by UK; and on public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters. If you would like a printed version of the report or if you have any questions, please contact UKPD’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at (859) 257-9567 or cmp@uky.edu.

 Cat's Path is comprised of a series of recommended walking routes that span central campus and provide the University of Kentucky community with a convenient method of traversing campus on a network of popular paths. The routes were specifically chosen due to their frequent use and accessibility to major campus destinations. Marked with highly visible signage and paw print ground logos, the Cat's Path is patrolled frequently by University Police, both on foot and in special police golf carts.  Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to choose these routes when crossing campus, particularly during hours of limited visibility. The paths are not designed to replace current personal safety efforts, such as traveling in groups and remaining alert; however, the increased police presence and path improvements will provide one more tool in your personal safety arsenal.

Cats Cruiser is a UK Student Government service in partnership with Lextran that offers late night transportation service consisting of four fixed bus routes that circulate approximately every 20-30 minutes. Non-students can take advantage of this service for $1 per ride. This service runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm – 3am. Route maps are available for download.

The Campus Area Transit System (CATS) offers eight campus bus and shuttle routes including an on-demand service Sunday – Friday with hours that vary by day and is limited to UK’s campus. Call (859) 221-RIDE for pick-up. You may also track CATS buses in real time using TransLoc while remaining in a safe location until the bus arrives. Visit UK’s Parking & Transportation Services for more information.

For more information, please visit http://www.uky.edu/Police/ and http://www.uky.edu/EM/