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Rutgers University Emergency Plans

During an emergency, proper action saves lives. For your safety, please familiarize yourself with these basic steps which pertain to students, faculty and staff on all University campuses.

University buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of the construction and/or fire safety codes. Students, Faculty and Staff are not expected to utilize these devices nor are they trained in their use due to the danger of their personal safety, which would result from attempting to extinguish a fire.  Many buildings are protected by automatic sprinkler systems and others are provided with fire standpipe systems. All major buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems, which are constantly monitored by a campus’s respective Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) Communications Center. Special hazards, such as chemical storage, high voltage electrical, cooking, spray painting and computer installations are protected by fixed suppression systems in addition to the aforementioned types of built-in protection. There are no fire hoses for building occupant use located in any University building; only fire hose connections for fire department use exist.

If you discover a fire or smell smoke, sound the building fire alarm and begin to evacuate the building.  Know the locations of the fire alarm stations and how they operate. Immediately activate the fire alarm station if the alarm is not already sounding.  Do not attempt to fight a fire due to the hazards associated with the products of combustion and the threat of a spreading fire.  Contact the RUPD’s Communications Center using the preferred or alternate numbers to report the emergency.

RUPD Emergency Communications Center  
Preferred Number
(Campus Phone)
Alternate Number
(Outside Line)
Emergency Number
(Outside Line)
New Brunswick Obtain an Outside line, then diall 9-1-1
Newark Dial 80 or 5111
Camden Dial 8 or 6111
Farms, Research Stations, and other University Facilities Obtain an Outside line, then diall 9-1-1


  1. Upon hearing a building fire alarm signal, which is a bell, horn, or voice message immediately begin evacuation. Close the doors behind you. Use the nearest safe exit, but DO NOT use elevators.  Full evacuation of the Building is required upon an activation of the fire alarm system. Once you have evacuated the building, re-entry is permitted only after approval from the appropriate emergency responder. (Emergency Services, RUPD, municipal Fire Department or other mutual aid responder).
  2. In most emergency situations, you will be required to immediately evacuate the building.  In circumstances where immediate evacuation may not be warranted, such as an active shooter, shelter in place, bomb threat etc; you will be notified of what actions are necessary through established communication mechanisms.  This may be via uniformed responders on the scene, 911 dispatcher, your supervisor, telephone, webpage, emergency text notification system, radio, television, or public address announcement (see attached guideline for general provisions).
  3. Leave the building and assemble in an area established by the specific evacuation plan for your building (if required), your supervisor, or 100 feet from the main entrance of the building where you will not hinder the approaching firefighters and apparatus.   Upon arrival at the assembly point, a survey of staff members/students/visitors present shall be conducted to determine if anyone failed to evacuate the building.  If anyone is discovered to be missing, immediately report that information to the Emergency Responders. (Police, Fire  or Emergency Services).
  4. If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is better and attempt to reach a safe exit or area of refuge.
  5. Know the location of all exits from your building. All required exits in University facilities are properly marked with illuminated EXIT signs and directional arrows, where applicable.
  6. If unable to leave your room or office due to heat or heavy smoke in the hallway, or due to physical disability, call RUPD and give your exact location so the firefighters can be directed to you.  If you require special assistance during an evacuation due to a physical disability, the University “Emergency Evacuation of Physically Handicapped Individuals” plan can be obtained at:
  7. Always use the preferred or alternate emergency access numbers to reach RUPD in an emergency. You could also activate the 9-1-1 telephone system.  To utilize 9-1-1 from a university centrex telephone system, first obtain an outside line as you normally would to dial an outside telephone number, and then dial 9-1-1.  The alternate RUPD emergency numbers; New Brunswick 732-932-7111, Newark 973-353-5111, Camden 856-225-6111.
  8. During an emergency event, the Department of Emergency Services, RUPD and municipal emergency forces, as necessary, will be responsible for rescue and emergency medical aid.

If you have any questions regarding this emergency action plan, please contact the following:

Campus Department Title Phone Number
All Rutgers University Emergency Services Chief 732-932-4800
All Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety Director 848-445-2550
All Rutgers Office of Emergency Management Director 732-932-4880
New Brunswick Rutgers University Police Department Chief 732-932-8407
Newark Rutgers University Police Department Chief 973-353-5581
Camden Rutgers University Police Department Chief 856-225-6009

Additional safety and health information can be obtained from the following university web sites:

Campus Department Website
All Rutgers University Emergency Services
All Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety
All Rutgers Office of Emergency Management
New Brunswick Rutgers University Police Department
Newark Rutgers University Police Department
Camden Rutgers University Police Department



Rutgers University Emergency Action Plan [pdf]  



Campus Health Safety Specialists, or call 848-445-2550  


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