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General Evacuation Plan During an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, the USciences Department of Public Safety has the authority to evacuate campus buildings. An evacuation of a building does not automatically result in a cancellation of classes or the closing of all or part of the University. Only the University President or his designee has the authority to approve cancellation of classes or closing of the University.

What to Do

At the sound of the alarm, remain calm, evacuate immediately through the nearest exit, alert others, proceed to assembly points (safe zones), move away from the building, and follow the instructions of the emergency responders.

Assist individuals with disabilities to the nearest fire tower and wait for assistance. In the event that an individual with disabilities is in the fire tower, notify a Public Safety Officer or first responder so rescue arrangements can be coordinated.

Do not return to an evacuated building until the “all clear” signal is given by the Department of Public Safety, who will be working in conjunction with city, state, and federal support agencies to ensure that it is safe to resume normal operations.

Remember: Silencing of the alarm does not mean the emergency is over.



Important Resources

Emergency Dispatch:
Non-Emergency Dispatch:
Police, Fire, & Medical Emergencies:
Environmental Health & Safety (Chemical Spills):
215-596-8925, 215-596-8843
Student Health Services:
Walking Escort:
Penn Transport Services:
215-898-RIDE (7433)


Michael E. Lapotasky, MA Ed, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


Office: 215-895-1118
Cell: 908-334-8877