Monthly Safety Reminder: What to do in Case of an Armed Individual on Campus


On the first Wednesday of each month (unless inclement weather is expected), the University tests its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage. In addition to notification tests, the University provides monthly safety tips and information to help the UA community be prepared in different types of emergency situations. This month’s topic is what to do in case of an armed individual on campus.

If there is an armed individual on campus, the University Police Department is trained to deal with this incident and will respond immediately upon notification. Immediately move to a safe location. Then call 911 or UAPD at 348-5454 as quickly as you can. Stay calm, and provide information about your location, the suspect and any injuries. Stay on the phone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up. Alert others, if you can do so safely. Stay in a safe place until you are notified that the emergency is over.

To learn more about how to protect yourself during a shooting incident, click here.

To make sure you will always receive information about emergency situations on campus, including severe weather, download the new UA Safety App for IOS and Android devices.

Also, remember to always keep your contact information updated in myBama. Instructions on updating your contact information can be found here.

For more information on what to do in case of emergencies on campus, visit

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