Spring 2023: Classroom Emergency Procedures

Posted in Faculty Communications

February 10, 2023

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

In consultation with The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), I write with a special note concerning emergency procedures. Please understand your responsibilities in case of an emergency that would require either sheltering-in-place or a building evacuation response.  

During an emergency requiring you and your class to shelter-in-place:

  • Remain in your classroom, but if your classroom has exterior doors or windows, move your class to an interior space away from exterior doors or windows. 
  • Remain alert for further instructions and updates from HOYAlert (sign-up for HOYAlert text alerts). 
  • Remain with your class until relieved by a campus police officer or, if available, a volunteer Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC), or an “All Clear” is given via HOYAlert. 
  • Close and lock all doors and windows to the outside if possible.
    • Many of our Main Campus classrooms have been upgraded with special safety intrusion locks. In the case of a shelter-in-place response for an active threat situation, the red button on these door locks can be used to secure you and your class and can only be unlocked from the inside by turning the door handle or with a key issued to GUPD and emergency personnel (View video instructions for safety intrusion locks). 

During an emergency requiring a building evacuation:

  • Direct your class to leave the building immediately through the nearest exit.
  • Lead your students to a designated assembly area.  
  • After reaching an assembly area, take attendance and report any issues to a campus police officer or, if available, a volunteer Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) before you leave the area.
  • Do not re-enter the building under any circumstance until an “All Clear” is given. 

Things you can do now:

  • Review the Instructor/Occupant Emergency Reference Guide which is (or will be) posted in each classroom.
  • Review posted floor evacuation exit routes that are (or will be) posted in all classroom building hallways. 
  • Discuss shelter-in-place and evacuation plans with your students, including reviewing the location of your assembly area for evacuation emergencies.
  • Download the LiveSafe App, and recommend others do so as well.
  • Ensure your contact information is up to date in HOYAlert, and urge others to do the same. You can also “follow” HOYAlert on Twitter as another way to receive critical updates.
  • Visit the Office of Emergency Management website for more information.
  • For the location of the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and bleeding control kit, visit the campus map

A version of these procedures and reference guides particular to each location should be posted in each room. If you don’t find one in your classroom, please contact CETS at cetsops@georgetown.edu

If you have questions about the emergency response procedures for building evacuations, shelter-in-place, active threat situations, or other types of emergencies, or want information about the Building Emergency Coordinator program, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 202-687-8234 or emergencymanagement@georgetown.edu or Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) at 202-687-4343 or police@georgetown.edu

Thank you for your attention to this notification on emergency procedures.

Annamarie Bianco
Associate Vice President and University Registrar