Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Services

  • 9-1-1 campus phones
  • Bluelight or Elevator phones
  • 408-924-2222 cell phones

Non-Emergency Services

Anonymous Reporting

SJSU uses the Alert-SJSU system to send notifications to the campus community in the event of a campus-wide emergency that involves an immediate threat to health or safety. The notification is sent without delay (upon confirmation from first responders) unless sending the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible campus authorities, compromise the effort to deal with the emergency or rescue a victim.

Additional information can be obtained through any number of communication systems that may be used during the emergency. These systems include the SJSU website, the SJSU hotline 408-924-SJSU, KSJS 90.5 FM, and SJSU's Twitter and Facebook channels.

The decision to implement evacuation procedures rests with the UPD or the EOC Director, if the EOC is activated. In situations requiring immediate action, public safety responders (Police/Fire) can also order a local area evacuation. When evaluating possible evacuation, consideration will be given to the specific threat (bomb, fire, storm, earthquake, explosion, hazardous materials incident, etc.), its context (time of day, likelihood, etc.), and the recommendation of public safety officials.

The procedures for a campus-wide evacuation will vary, depending on the nature of the event. In all cases when the decision has been made to evacuate, the campus response will likely be to evacuate in stages, beginning with areas in the immediate vicinity of the threat. Other areas may then be evacuated, depending on the nature of the threat. This graduated evacuation is preferable to a total, immediate evacuation, as it triages the populations most in danger, minimizes likelihood of gridlock and congestion, and provides for ingress of emergency vehicles and personnel. In all cases, evacuees would be directed away from the vicinity of the threat.

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