Public Safety

Reading Campus Building Emergency Plan

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The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing a safe and environment for students, employees, and guests. One means of achieving that goal is the development of Building Emergency Plans.

It is impossible to predict campus emergencies or the magnitude of such emergencies. The complexity of a campus like the University of Cincinnati requires the full support of departments, faculty, staff, and students to successfully implement a Building Emergency Plan. The development, distribution, and familiarization of Building Emergency Plans are essential for student and employee safety.

Guidelines in this document are reflective of policies/procedures in place at the University Of Cincinnati- Department Of Public Safety, local fire departments and Ohio Fire Marshall.  All permanent and transient building occupants should become familiar with the information contained in these Building Emergency Plans.

Components for Reading Campus

  1. Building Components: The Reading Campus has four floors. The campus contains seven buildings listed as buildings A through G. The complex is equipped with pull stations, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and a fire sprinkler system. There are various alarm panel locations throughout the entire complex.
  2. Emergency System Components: Audible fire alarms are designed to notify building occupants whenever fire alarm pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, or fire sprinkler systems go into activation.  Building occupants may receive additional verbal warning information through the fire alarm speaker system, and visual alarm notification via strobe warning lights, both co-located in most university buildings. Note: smoke and heat detector installation may be limited to specific areas of some buildings. Automatic fire sprinkler systems are used to protect building occupants and contents in residence halls, classrooms, meeting rooms, and most indoor places of assembly.  Whenever anyone of these aforementioned systems is activated, notification is automatically transmitted to the University of Cincinnati 911 Communications Center responsible to dispatch appropriate resources to the respective emergency.Several different types of fire extinguishers are installed throughout university buildings. Specific building hazards are the key factor used to determine the types of fire extinguishers installed. The Reading Campus contains mostly ABC type extinguishers used for fires fueled by paper, flammable liquids, and electrical fires. Fire extinguishers are maintained by Facilities Management.
  3. Area of Rescue Assistance (ARA): An ARA is an area where persons unable to use stairways can remain temporarily to await instructions or assistance during an emergency evacuation. There are no Areas of Rescue Assistance located in the Reading Campus. For a complete list of ARA campus location, please see the UC Emergency Management website.

Building Hours and Security

Security is on the premises for access to the property. Access is limited to faculty and staff members with approved ID and who have been granted access by a supervisor.

Calling 911 on campus/ UC Communications Center

The University of Cincinnati 911 Communications Center is interconnected with other communications centers operated by the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Clermont County. All four centers operate 24/365. All 911 calls using campus phones will be routed to the UC Communications Center regardless from which campus a call is placed. A 911 call from a cell phone will typically (but not always) be routed to the nearest city or county dispatch center. It is imperative that whenever placing a 911 call using a cell phone from any location that the caller provides the call-taker with the specific UC Campus and location where emergency assistance is needed.  For example: 911 call takers are trained to ask callers, “911, where is your emergency”? The caller should reply, with the campus, building, and room number. The city/county center receiving the call will ask for some additional information and then transfer the caller to the UC Communications Center while simultaneously notifying emergency responders in the appropriate geographical area.

Accounting for Occupants After Evacuations

Building Safety Points of Contact will attempt to account for all occupants after a building evacuation. Building occupants are strongly urged to check in at predetermined building evacuation collection points for accountability purposes, and so that emergency responders do not have to unnecessarily enter buildings searching for “missing” building occupants. Building Safety POCs will report any missing occupants and their last known location to emergency responders.

Building Safety Points of Contact - Responsibilities and Contact Information

Building Safety POCs are required for each Department. These individuals (or alternates) are responsible to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that evacuation/relocation takes place when an emergency alarm system is activated or a severe weather alert necessitates relocation within a building. Building Safety POCs will not jeopardize personal safety while attempting to ensure that building occupants have taken appropriate protective actions. Building Safety POCs are also responsible to account for departmental employees and visitors who may have assembled at the designated evacuation/relocation points post building evacuation/relocation. UC Public Safety Emergency Management and Fire Inspectors will provide additional information to Building Safety POCs and alternates upon request.

Building Safety POCs are responsible to maintain a list of Building Safety POC alternates, and to ensure that all building occupants have received a copy of the Building Emergency Plan.

Building Safety POC List
Department Building Safety POC Contact Telephone
Building A    
Building B April Haller
College of Medicine   Jennifer Bedel 513-558-6863
LAMS Brandon Lay 513-558-4996
Nitto Jess Quatromanil  
Nitto Yvonne Lamb  
Aerpio Theapeautics Sally Graves  
Aroz Technologies Eric Hu  
Nitto Denko Avecia Corporation Tracee Matlock  

Persons with Disabilities – Special Circumstances

  1. Fire Emergencies: Disabled or non-ambulatory individuals located above or below the ground floor have the option to remain in the building during an emergency when the use of an elevator is essential for evacuation. 
    1. If located on the ground floor, exit the building the same as other building occupants. 
    2. If located above or below the ground floor, seek a safe place—preferably a designated Area of Refuge (none are currently located in the Reading Campus), or a room with an exterior window, a telephone, and a solid door. 
      • Call Emergency Dispatch (911) and advise that you are a person or with a person who is non-ambulatory or has a physical disability. Give your exact location – Campus, Building, Room number, and the phone number from which you are calling. 
      • Upon arrival, the fire department will determine the best protective action for disabled or non-ambulatory building occupants.
  2. Severe Weather Emergencies: Assist persons with disabilities to severe weather shelter locations. Elevators may be used by individuals who are disabled or non-ambulatory. When the National Weather Service activates the alert system for a Tornado Warning, the local counties will activate the outdoor warning sirens. Simultaneously, UC Public Safety will activate our Emergency Alert System which entails, voice notification through the building fire alarm speaker system, emails and text messages. To receive text or emails for emergencies, please visit to sign up.

Severe weather shelter location for the Reading Campus is the lower level hallway of Building D.

Emergency Types / Evacuation and Relocation Points

  1. Fire
    • The following actions should be taken whenever a person encounters smoke, fire, burning odors, or fire alarm activation: 
      • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station while exiting the building 
      • If possible, close all doors and windows 
      • Exit the building as quickly as possible and call 911 once outside 
      • The Reading Campus Building Assembly Location is on the grassy area, away from the building, towards the entrance/exit gate. 
      • Building Safety POCs will account for all employees and visitors and advise the fire department of relevant information. Note: advise the fire department of only the information that is known. Do not guess. 
      • Building Safety POCs must report missing employees/visitors and the last known locations to emergency personnel 
      • Await further instructions from emergency personnel 
      • Do not reenter a building unless approved by emergency responders 
    • Fire Drill or Fire Alarm 
      • Fire Drills are planned and scheduled. Public Safety conducts fire drills in university buildings as required by the Ohio Fire Code. 
      • Fire Alarms are not planned and building emergency plans should be followed until the cause of the alarm has been determined or the emergency resolved. 
    • Note: Unless otherwise stipulated, the Ohio Fire Code mandates evacuation of building occupants whenever a fire alarm is activated. All fire alarms are emergencies until resolved by UC Public Safety or authorities having jurisdiction.
  2. Severe Weather: Campus warning systems will be activated for tornado warnings (i.e. a tornado has been sighted in the alert area). 
    • Take shelter inside of a building relocation area designated for tornados. For a complete list of Severe Weather Shelter locations, please see the Emergency Management website. 
    • Elevator use is restricted except for persons who are non-ambulatory 
    • Severe weather safety locations for Reading Campus are designated as the lower level of Building D corridor. 
    • Await further instruction from Public Safety before leaving the relocation area
  3. Bomb Threats / Suspicious Activities: In the event of a bomb threat, suspicious package or suspicious item: 
    • Do not use cell phones or radios to make a report (e.g. cellular phones/radios could activate a bomb or suspicious device) 
    • Call 911 using a landline phone 
    • Do not move or open items 
    • Remove all individuals from the immediate area, lock the door, secure the building, and assemble with your department on the grassy area, away from the building, towards the entrance/exit gate.
  4. Illness or Injury: For illness or injuries requiring medical assistance, call 911 from a UC landline to reach the UC 911 Communications Center. Calling 911 from a cell phone will typically contact the nearest 911 Communications Center. However, when using a cell phone, make sure to inform the dispatcher of your exact location including campus, building, and room number. 
    • After notifying 911, the dispatcher will send emergency medical assistance as needed 
    • Someone should meet emergency services at the building entrance to escort emergency personnel directly to the ill/injured person
  5. Active Shooter 
    • RUN
      • If you can escape safely during an active shooter event then run 
      • Run immediately – leave everything behind 
      • Encourage others to escape with you, but do not wait for them to decide 
      • Once you are safely away from the shooter, then call 911 and report the incident 
    • HIDE
      • If escape appears impossible then hide 
      • Lock and barricade doors, turn off lights, silence cell phones completely, and remain quiet 
      • Take cover behind furniture or fixtures away from doorways 
      • Stay away from windows 
      • Silently notify UC Communications using the Bearcat Guardian App 
      • Prepare yourself and others to fight if necessary 
    • FIGHT
      • If running or hiding are not possible or fail, and confronted by the aggressor then fight 
      • Use anything around you as a weapon to fight…there are no rules 
      • Fight to create an opportunity to escape 

Emergency Responders

Reading Campus is served by:
Reading Police and Fire (911)
UC Public Safety (513-556-1111)
UC Environmental Health and Safety (513-556-4968)
UC Facilities Management (513-558-2500)

All immediate emergency concerns can be directed through the UC 911 Communications, by dialing 911 from any UC phone. 

Major Fire Hazards for Reading Campus

There are various types of chemicals utilized throughout the Reading Campus. Please note the NFPA 704 labels and Hazardous Material Placards on the lab entrance doors prior to entering the areas.

Maintenance of Systems to Control and Prevent Fires

The fire alarm system is maintained by the UC Department of Public Safety.  The UC Facilities Management Department maintains building operations and housekeeping. Both departments may be reached by contacting the University of Cincinnati Communications Center at 911 or 513-556-1111 (non-emergency).

Building Emergency Plan Additional Resources

UC Public Safety Emergency Management may be contacted at 513-556-4900.