Be Prepared

Emergencies, disasters or accidents can happen at any time or without warning. Potential emergencies at Lehigh University, both natural and man-made, may require that community members be prepared to evacuate from university buildings.

Students, faculty and staff should become familiar with university buildings and be familiar with the following guidelines:

  • Know at least two building exits other than the elevators.
  • Know the location and operation of the building fire alarm system.
  • Know emergency phone numbers.
  • Know the building monitor in your area/building, along with your primary rally site and alternate site.
  • Participate in all announced and unannounced fire drills.
  • Begin to evacuate at the first sign of smoke, fire alarm or an evacuation notice.
  • Do not return to your building until cleared by on-location emergency personnel or you are notified by an official campus communication.
  • Download the HawkWatch personal safety app, which puts the user in direct contact with the LUPD dispatcher, provides critical information on how to respond to emergency situations, tracks Lehigh University buses and allows the user to quickly access emergency resources. There are also options such as "Friend Walk," which allows the user to connect with friends who can chart the users' movements as they make their way to the desired location. Download the app here>

For Researchers

Unplanned or spontaneous events often disrupt daily operations on campus. In the event that an incident may interrupt your laboratory or facility operations, preparation of an emergency shutdown plan is essential. For guidance or advice on preparing your lab, please refer to the laboratory shutdown and emergency planning guide.

For more information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety Web site >

For Individuals with Disabilities

Identify your needs in advance to the classroom instructor, the building monitor, department chair or other department official so you can receive assistance in the event of an evacuation or other emergency. For more information, refer to "Support services for students with disabilities"