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

If there is a safe way out of the area, then take it.  Don't wait if others won’t leave.

  • Don't delay to get your belongings
  • Encourage others to evacuate as you leave
  • Contact 9-1-1 or Public Safety when you are safe
  • Follow instructions of law enforcement officers

Your hiding place should be out of the armed intruder's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

  • Lock the door if possible.  If not, block the door with heavy furniture
  • Hide behind large items (cabinets, desks)
  • Silence cell phones and/or pager and turn off sources of noise (radio, television)
  • Stay quiet

Only if your life is in imminent danger and there is no other alternative, attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the intruder by:

  • Acting as aggressively as possible toward him/her
  • Throwing items or improvising weapons
  • Yelling at the intruder
  • Committing to your actions

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