Take Action

Safety is a shared responsibility at the University of Florida. This guidance provides actions to take in response to potential hazards and threats. Knowing the appropriate steps to take can help minimize the impact of an emergency.


This information is also available on the GatorSafe App. Everyone at UF is encouraged to download onto your mobile devices.



Active Assailant

If an active assailant is reported or encountered: Decide – Run. Hide. Fight. RUN – If the assailant‘s location is known and the opportunity to escape is available, flee []

Bomb Threat

If a bomb threat is called in: DO NOT hang up on the caller; speak calmly to them. Write down the incoming phone number []

Building Fire / Evacuation

If you encounter odor/smoke/fire/explosion: RACE Rescue — Persons in immediate danger, if possible. This includes yourself! Alarm — Pull fire alarm and call 9-1-1. Contain — Fire and smoke by []

Dangerous, Disruptive, or Disturbing Employee

If you encounter a DANGEROUS employee or an employee is threatening harm to self or others: Call 9-1-1 immediately! If you encounter a DISRUPTIVE or DISTURBING employee (without immediate concern []

Dangerous, Disruptive, or Disturbing Student

If you encounter a DANGEROUS student or a student threatening harm to self or others: Call 9-1-1 immediately! If you encounter a DISRUPTIVE or DISTURBING student (without immediate concern []

Extreme Heat

In the event of extreme heat: Wear light, loose-fitting warm-weather clothing. Avoid exerting yourself outdoors. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. []


In the event of flooding: Turn Around, Don’t Drown Avoid flooded roads, paths, sidewalks, and areas that could be damaged under the floodwaters. Turn around and go another way. Be especially cautious at []

Hazardous Materials Release / Shelter In Place

In the event of a hazardous material release: Call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless specifically trained and outfitted to do so. Turn off all ignition []

Hurricanes/Tropical Weather

If the area is threatened by tropical weather: Before the storm Ensure disaster supply kit is stocked []


If you hear thunder or see lightning: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors Stop all outdoor activities. Seek shelter in a substantial building or []

Medical Emergency – Alcohol Safety

In case of alcohol or another drug-related emergency: Call 9-1-1 Stay with the individual until public safety officials arrive Do not try to give the individual anything to eat []

Medical Emergency – General

If you encounter someone experiencing a medical emergency (examples: heart attack, loss of consciousness, large loss of blood, or serious accident): Call 9-1-1. Unless trained, do not render []

Medical Emergency – Seizures

If you encounter someone experiencing a seizure: Call 9-1-1. STAY with the person until they are awake and alert after a seizure. Keep the person SAFE; move or guide away from []

Medical Emergency – Stop the Bleed

If you encounter someone bleeding profusely: Call 9-1-1. Expose wound by moving or tearing clothing away. Apply firm, direct pressure to the wound using gauze or a []

Suspicious Packages / Mail

If you come in contact with suspicious packages/mail that is OPENED: Place it down immediately. If powder spills from the container, DO NOT attempt to clean up. []

Thunderstorm Warning / Tornado Warning

If a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning is issued: Seek shelter in a sturdy building. Vehicles, trailers, and modular buildings may not provide good protection. Move to interior areas []

Utility Outage / Disruption

In the event of an EMERGENCY utility outage or disruption: Call 9-1-1. In the event of a POWER OUTAGE: []

Winter Weather

In the event of Winter Weather with temperatures below 32° F for several hours: Follow the 5 P’s []