All students are encouraged to watch the short emergency preparedness video. It provides important information that all students should know in preparation for an emergency on campus, and includes the safe assembly zones for each Academy academic building where classes are held. Watch the Emergency Preparedness Video
The Academy of Art University's Emergency Preparedness Plan has been prepared to provide a framework for the university’s overall emergency preparedness. How quickly a company recovers after an earthquake, fire, or power outage often depends on the emergency planning done today. Establishing guidelines and procedures to prepare for natural and man-made disasters helps ensure that the Academy responds effectively to any emergency situation. A commitment to planning supports not only our faculty, staff, and students–it impacts the greater community. In an emergency situation, everyone benefits from being prepared.
What does the Plan do?
- Establishes guidelines and procedures to allow the Academy of Art University to effectively respond to any emergency
- Provides a framework for response to emergency situations that could impact normal Academy operations
- Describes the emergency response system that protects life, property, and the environment
What are the Academy's Emergency Priorities?
During an emergency, the Academy has three major priorities:
1. First and foremost is our goal to protect the lives and safety of our faculty, staff, and students
2. Next, we will secure the University’s critical infrastructure and facilities
3. And finally, the Academy will support the resumption of teaching and the overall operation of the university
Structure of the Plan
The Plan focuses on the three primary phases of crisis management:
Now—How to respond to the immediate crisis, how to evacuate the building, and where are the safe zones for each building and other important information.
Next—Once the immediate crisis is over, the plan gives guidance on how to begin to get back to normal operations.
Normal—The plan identifies the activities that will move Academy of Art University toward normal operations.
The Plan is designed to aid communication and decision-making during emergencies. The Plan addresses:
- Immediate Crisis—The Plan describes the Emergency Operations Center organizational structure that will respond to the crisis and work collaboratively with the police, fire department and other first responders.
- A Variety of Crisis Scenarios—The plan describes how to deal with and manage specific types of emergencies/disasters such as fire, earthquake, significant power outage, and other types of emergencies.
- Staying Prepared—The plan serves as a means for providing ongoing educational materials for employees and students on the basics of emergency preparedness and response.
How can you prepare for an emergency?
- Sign up for emergency text messages from the Campus Safety Department. To sign up, text: “artalerts” to 66937. When you receive a text back, reply “y.”
- Know what the alarm sounds like that signals you to exit the building.
- Know how to exit your building and where the safe zone is.
- Know what is expected in a variety of emergency situations such as fire, earthquake, severe weather, workplace violence, etc.
- Know who your building warden is and who your floor warden is.
- Keep Campus Safety’s phone number (1-415-618-HELP) close to your telephone and/or on speed dial on your cell phone. If you are unsure how to respond to an emergency, call Campus Safety and follow their instructions.
What You Need to Do In an Emergency
Stay calm, and contact Campus Safety (1-451-618-HELP) and then follow their directions.
Depending on the situation you may be instructed to evacuate the building or shelter in place.
Evacuating the Building:
- Do not use the elevator
- Take the stairs—always know where the stairwell is in relation to your classroom
- Alert the floor warden if you have a student or colleague who has a mobility, sight, or hearing impairment
- Leave the building and go to the designated safe zone—do not leave the area until you have been dismissed
- Watch the Emergency Preparedness Video for a map of safe zones (https://live4.academyart.edu/studentemergency1009/)
Sheltering in Place:
If you have been told to shelter in place due to a potentially violent situation:
- Secure the door to your office or classroom by either locking it or putting furniture against the door
- Gather in a corner of the room that is to the right or left of the door. Do not gather near the door or directly across from the door
- Sit quietly on the floor until the all-clear signal is given
- Maintaining silence is very important in this situation—do not talk or make any noise.
Following an Emergency or Disaster:
- Follow the instructions from Campus Safety and/or First Responders
- You may be asked to refrain from using your cell phone, particularly in the event of an earthquake
- Implement the personal emergency plan that your family may have put into place, and contact family members/friends outside of the Bay Area per your family’s plan
- Report to a Red Cross shelter if your home has been damaged/compromised such as it might be following an earthquake
If The Disaster or Emergency Takes Place on the Weekend or After-Hours:
- You will receive a text message from Campus Safety if you have signed up for this free service
- Tune to KCBS, KGO or go to the Academy of Art University website for information
- Contact your department’s emergency coordinator