Classroom Preparedness

On the first day of every semester:

  • Know the emergency exits and evacuation areas for every classroom.
  • Review the course syllabi's emergency information.
  • Devise "buddy systems" so that everyone is accounted for in an evacuation.
  • Evaluate the challenges that you might face during an evacuation.
  • Program the CSUF Emergency Information number --877-278-1712-- into your cell phone to hear recorded information regarding campus conditions or closure.
  • Be personally prepared for an emergency.


Emergency Communication

  • All communication from the campus emergency system is through your phone and email.  Emergency messages will be sent via a voice message, text and email.  Go to your Portal to review your contact information. See the Emergency Notification System information for full details.


Specific Information to know:

  • Evacuations – Drills or real
    • You may not know if this is a drill or not, so take every call to evacuate seriously. 
    • Take your personal belongings and immediately leave the building. 
    • Know where the evacuation area is for every building you are in.
    • Leave the campus only if instructed.
  • Earthquakes
    • If it is severe enough to move furniture,DROP, COVER and HOLD ON:  Immediately seek shelter (under a desk or table, if possible) cover your head and hold on. 
    • Evacuate if directed, or you feel it is safe to do so.
  • Shelter in Place
    • There may be situations where it is imperative that you seek shelter and not leave the building. 
    • If directed, or you feel it is best to do so, seek shelter in a room with a lock.
    • Turn off the lights and silence all cell phones.
    • Hide as best as possible until the all clear signal has been given by authorities.


Faculty Plan for Emergencies:

  • Assign a pre-designated place for your students to meet if evacuated.
  • Building marshals are present during the day to assist in evacuations, but in the evening, you, as an instructor, will fulfill this role.  Know the evacuation routes and evacuation areas for your classroom.
  • Injured or disabled people may not be able to be use the stairs during evacuations.  Go to the nearest stairwell and close the doors. The doors are 2-hour fire rated, so remain there until help arrives. Tell other evacuees of your status so emergency responders can come and get you.  Use your cell phone to dial 911 if necessary.
  • Prepare an extra assignment for unforeseen event that prevents or disrupts your class time.
  • Have a back-up plan for a test.  If you are forced out of your classroom during a test, set rules for how you will continue and/or grade the test.
  • Keep back up information about your course material on flash drives or other back up devices.
  • Evacuations are never set up to purposely disrupt your class.  Please view them as an opportunity to test your own Emergency Plan -- in case you really need to use it.
  • Click here for a printable classroom guide.PDF File Opens in new window