Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a unit of the University Police Department and is responsible for coordinating all activities needed to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergency situations. The unit is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of an emergency management system program on campus and the development and implementation of programs and projects in emergency planning, training, response and recovery. 

Reporting an Emergency 

During emergencies, dial 9-1-1 or use any emergency blue light duress phone located throughout campus. 

Text to 9-1-1 is available in San Diego County. Individuals should text if they are:  

  • deaf or hard of hearing, non-verbal or have difficulty speaking;
  • experiencing a situation where it is unsafe to call 9-1-1 for help; or
  • in a medical emergency and cannot speak on the phone.

Safety Scenario Guide

  • Call 9-1-1 and describe the nature of your medical problem and campus location. 
  • If you have been trained, quickly: 
    • Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound. 
    • Begin CPR if the victim is not breathing. 
    • if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, turn it on and follow instructions. 
  • During a fire, 
    1. Activate the fire alarm using a manual pull station. 
    2. Evacuate the building using the nearest exit or stairwell. 
    3. Avoid elevators. 
    4. Call 9-1-1. (Do not re-enter the building until instructed by law enforcement and emergency officials.)
  • Fire Extinguisher Instructions 
    • P - Pull the pin on the extinguisher 
    • A - Aim the hose or nozzle at the base of the fire 
    • S - Squeeze the handle 
    • S - Sweep the extinguishing agent back and forth at the base of the fire 


  • Exit the building if possible.
  • Call 9-1-1 once it is safe to do so.
  • If you cannot run, go to an enclosed room, turn on the lights, lock the doors, and barricade entry points.
  • If running and hiding are not an option, then fight. Identify items you can use for self-defense and be as aggresive as possible. Work with others if you can. 


  • Immediately DROP, COVER, and HOLD under a sturdy desk or table. 
  • Position yourself along an interior wall, stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment that may topple over. 
  • Do not run outside unless your building is believed to be in immediate danger or can possibly collapse. 


  • Quickly move away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. 
  • Stay in an open area. 
  • If a chemical spill occurs within a campus building, immediately call 9-1-1. 
  • Notify University Police if you have been exposed to a chemical. 
  • If exposed, avoid contact with others. 
  • When evacuating, move to an area upwind and away from the odors.