Disaster Preparedness Plans

The University of San Francisco has established a set of procedures and plans to prepare its community for any potential emergency.

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Active Shooter Situations

While the possibility of a violent event occurring on campus is extremely unlikely, current national incidents have unfortunately illustrated the need for active shooter education.  For more information, contact the Office of Campus Resilience at (415) 422-2222.

How can I prepare before an incident occurs?

Run. Hide. Fight.

Developed by Department of Homeland Security and adopted by all levels of government, this is the current standard across higher education. This action plan was designed to assist in quickly determining the most reasonable way to protect your life if faced with this situation.


If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • If possible, help others escape but do not let them hinder you
  • Prevent others from entering the area
  • Keep your hands visible, follow law enforcement instructions
  • Call Public Safety at x2911 from an on-campus phone or at (415) 422-2911 and 911 when safe (this allows for Public Safety Officers to respond more quickly and assist arriving SFPD officers)


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you.

  • Your hiding place should:
    • Be out of view
    • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
    • Not trap or restrict your movement options
  • If an active shooter is nearby:
    • Try to enter an office or room with door and lock, if possible—blockade with heavy furniture if possible
    • Close any windows and shades
    • Turn off all lights
    • Silence your cell phone
    • Turn off any source of noise, remain quiet
    • Hide behind large items
  • If you are hiding (sheltering-in-place):
    • Remain secure until directed by a law enforcement officer, a USF Public Safety Officer, or notification from USF Alert
    • Do not open the door for anyone other than a law enforcement officer or a USF Public Safety Officer
    • Do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a law enforcement officer or a USF Public Safety Officer


As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.

  • Act as aggressively as possible against the active shooter
  • Improvise weapons from nearby objects
  • Yell
  • Commit to your actions

Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquakes are an infrequent reality when living in San Francisco. While we can’t predict when earthquakes will hit, we can take a number of precautions to stay safe in the event of a seismic event.

How can I prepare before an earthquake happens?

Create a personal earthquake kit, form a communications plan with friends and family, and familiarize yourself with safe spots and load-bearing doorways around the university where you can shelter yourself from falling debris.

Watch "What You Need Before the Next Earthquake"

What should I put in an Earthquake Kit?

  • First aid kit (including relevant prescription medication)
  • Hygiene products (including toothbrush, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Eyeglasses or contact lens care
  • Water (Recommended one gallon per day)
  • Food (Non-perishable)
  • Sweater/jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Copies of Social Security Card and passport
  • Phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries

What should I do during an earthquake?

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

  • First, duck or drop down on the floor. Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or other furniture. Can’t find anything to crawl under? Seek cover against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.
  • Avoid windows, hanging objects, mirrors, cabinets, or tall furniture.
  • Hold on to sturdy furniture and move with it. Hold your position until the ground stops shaking.

What should I do after an earthquake?

  • Once the shaking stops make sure that you and those around you are safe, then proceed outside.
  • Expect aftershocks. If you feel additional shaking, drop, cover, and hold on until the aftershocks stop.
  • Wait for information from USF via USF Alert and the outdoor speaker system. You may also receive information from the City of San Francisco through AM radio stations: KGO 810; KCBS 740, and KNBR 680.

Emergency Services

For emergencies, call (415) 422-2911 or extension 2911 from any on-campus phone. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact Info

Department of Public Safety

CLOSED temporarily, until further safety updates are issued by the city and county of San Francisco

Administrative Office
University Center 5th Floor
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 422-4222 (415) 666-3323