Emergency Preparedness

Protecting Our Community. 

The University of Cincinnati, like any other community, is vulnerable to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards. UC has programs in place to help prevent and respond to emergencies. The Department of Public Safety, through the Emergency Preparedness Task Force, coordinates these plans. To view our plans, please see the tabs below.

When an emergency occurs, we utilize several tools to communicate with members of our community in a quick and coordinated manner. These tools include:

  • voice notification system
  • text message
  • email
  • electronic signage boards
  • website 
  • social media (Twitter and Facebook)
  • Campus Safety Network (Nixle)


* Communicating During an Emergency
Learn more about the communication tools we utilize if an emergency occurs.

Important Numbers:

To stay abreast of critical information regarding campus safety, sign up for alert messages through our Campus Safety Network.
Use our Bearcat Guardian app to connect with UC Police. Friends or family members can also monitor users, in real-time, as they walk to a destination. Download Bearcat Guardian from iTunes or Google Play.
Subscribe to Emergency Text Message Service:

UC Police's Hazardous Device Unit has specialized expertise in responding to bomb threats, suspicious packages and other related hazards. They are on hand for large campus events and often provide training for UC colleges and departments on how to prepare for and handle potential hazards.

Suspicious Packages and Items (PDF)

Sample Bomb Threat Procedure (PDF)

Anthrax Threats (PDF)

Homeland Security Levels Guide (PDF)

UC uses a severe weather warning system that allows Public Safety to make voice announcements inside buildings when severe weather is imminent. This system is used in conjunction with Hamilton County's siren warning system. The sirens and campus system are activated for severe weather warnings only (when severe weather has developed in the area). 

Severe Weather Shelter Locations (PDF)

Tornado Preparedness (PDF)

Winter Weather Policy and Procedures (PDF)


Active shooter situations are unpredictable and develop quickly. An active shooter is an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in confined or populated areas. In most cases an active shooter uses a firearm. 

When responding to an active shooter you should Run. Hide. and Fight. Please see the links below for more detailed information.


UC Active Shooter Presentation with Director Jim Whalen

Sandy Hook PSA - Learn Subtle Signs of Potential Gun Violence

How to Respond to an Active Shooter (PDF)

Run. Hide. Fight. - Active Shooter Video 

Active Shooter Classroom Video

Shelter In Place Handout (PDF)