Emergency Actions

Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) are designed to facilitate and organize actions during workplace emergencies, particularly those emergencies that require evacuation.  Each administrative and academic building at RIT has an EAP that identifies a building organization consisting of Building and Area Marshals, primary and secondary evacuation routes, as well as meeting areas where building occupants should go for accountability purposes.  The building specific EAPs are maintained by the Building and Area Marshals.


All the Building EAPs follow the same format.  The Basic EAP here includes all of the basic information that everyone should know including how to report an emergency, how to evacuate a building, how to take shelter in a building, and other actions for hazards like armed intruder and hazardous material emergencies.

Report an Emergency

  • Telephone: 585-475-3333 (v/tty)
  • Instant Message: RITPUBLICSAFETY on AIM
  • Text: 585-205-8333


  • Call 9-1-1

We each have a responsibility to know how to respond in an emergency. In addition to knowing how to report an emergency, the three basic things you need to know are:

  • In
  • Out
  • Away

Get In or Stay In

Emergencies such as an armed intruder, active shooter, severe weather and an outdoor hazardous material release trigger the get in or stay in response.
  • Hazardous Material Release/Severe Weather
    • Stay inside in a safe location. Do not exit the building.
    • If you are outside, enter the closest building.
    • Close doors and stay away from windows.
    • Wait for further instructions from authorities.
  • Armed Intruder/Active Shooter
    • Stay or go inside a safe room.
    • Lock or barricade the door.
    • Cover door window.
    • Lock and stay away from windows.
    • Get out of sight and stay low and quiet.
    • Turn off lights.
    • Turn off computers.
    • Silence cell phones.
    • Wait for further instructions from authorities.

Get Out or Stay Out

Emergencies such a fire, smoke, bomb threat, and indoor hazardous material release trigger the get out or stay out response.

  • Evacuate the building using the nearest available exit.
  • Report to the pre-determined meeting area, if assigned.
  • Follow instructions from authorities.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized.

Get Away or Stay Away

In general, people should move away and/or stay away from the affected area. Emergency responders will provide direction on where to go to be safe.


‘Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event’ Video