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In an emergency

During an emergency, remain calm, use common sense and give assistance as needed. Here are specific steps you can take to stay safe during an emergency:

  • Call the VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 or the Richmond Police by dialing 911.
  • Evacuate buildings immediately upon fire alarm activation or upon request of authorities.
  • Shelter in place upon hearing a campus siren or upon seeing activation of an Alertus warning device.
  • Know the location of at least two emergency exits close to your working/living areas.

What not to do in an emergency

  • In order to keep lines open, do not use the telephone except to report the emergency situation.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not jeopardize your life and the lives of others by attempting to save property.

Please note

All VCU personnel are reminded to report any suspicious activities to the VCU Police as well as to local law enforcement. VCU has procedures in place to report to city, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Do’s and don’ts for specific types of emergencies

Emergency numbers

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