Important Information at Your Fingertips


To Report Emergencies

Ambulance: 911 from any phone more

Fire: 911 from any phone more

Police: 402-472-2222 "Dial 2 For Blue" more

In An Emergency

During an emergency, the UNL community and general public will receive information through the web and news media as well as by email and text through UNL Alert for those registered.

UNL's homepage may convert to a low bandwidth version, free of the majority of graphics to ease transmission and server load. The homepage as well as this emergency website will be a primary mode of communication, to be continually updated. more

Learn more about and register for UNL Alert

Procedures In Case Of Emergency

Fire/Explosion more

Fires can cause serious injury, death and property loss. Be aware that fires may exist alone or in conjunction with another type of emergency, such as explosion, tornado or chemical spill.

If a fire occurs in your building:

  1. Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building. Leave the building immediately.
  2. If you hear the fire alarm, leave the building immediately. A fire near by may not be noticeable by sight or smell. Everyone is expected to exit a building immediately upon hearing the fire alarm.

Shooting Incident more

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival.

Bomb Threat more

If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone:

  1. Listen carefully to the details of the threat and try to keep the caller talking until you are able to get the answers to the following questions:
    1. When is the bomb going to explode?
    2. Where is it right now?
    3. What does it look like?
    4. What kind of bomb is it?
    5. What will cause it to explode?
    6. Did you place the bomb?
    7. Why?
    8. What is your name?

On-the-Job Injury more

For assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 402-472-4925

UNL employees who are injured on the job may seek medical attention from a personal physician or at a medical facility of their choice. UNL employees who are injured on the job may seek medical attention from a personal physician or at a medical facility of their choice. Injured employees should bring their employee ID card.

Electrical Power Outage more

All university buildings use electricity provided by Lincoln Electric System (LES). In the event of a power outage, the goal is to minimize potential damage to expensive scientific instrumentation, and/or experiments and to avoid the creation of hazardous situations.

If a Power Outage occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • Contact the Building Maintenance Reporter for your building. The BMR will be aware of routine maintenance. In the event that the outage is not scheduled maintenance, the BMR will call the Facilities Service Desk.

Natural Gas Leak more

Many buildings on campus use natural gas to provide heat and for laboratory work. In addition, underground natural gas lines run across campus. Natural gas does not have an odor, so a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to the gas. This chemical allows us to smell natural gas at levels well below explosive levels.

If a natural gas smell is noticed outside: Call the University Operator (dial "0" on campus) or the UNL Police at 402-472-2222 to report the situation. Provide your name and contact information and as much information as possible.

Radiation Accident more

For assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 402-472-4925.

In the event that: 1) anyone is exposed to an unusual dose of radioactive material or radiation, or 2) there is a major spill of radioactive material, or 3) there is a fire in an area where radioactive material or radiation producing devices are present:

1. Dial 911 and give the exact location of the incident (building, room number, etc.) and any known details. Be sure to give your name, office number, and telephone extension.

Hazardous Chemical Spill more

Exposure or injury reporting: If there is any exposure or injury involved, complete a first report of injury and submit it to Human Resources.

Follow-up: Investigate all spills and take appropriate steps to prevent similar spills.

Outdoors: Immediately notify Environmental Health and Safety (402-472-4925) during business hours or Campus Operator (dial "0" on campus) after hours for assessment.

Additional information on spill prevention and planning can be found at the EHS website. Contact EHS for spill planning guidance specific to each work area at 402-472-4925.

Weather Emergencies/Natural Disasters

Tornado more

Tornado Watches and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when the probability exists that a significant threat could develop over a wide area. Warnings are issued for much smaller areas and periods of time than Watches.

Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Be alert to weather conditions and announcements.

Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or radar indicates rotation in the clouds. TAKE SHELTER!

Flash Flood more

On average, U.S. flooding kills about 150 people a year - more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

During a flood:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for emergency information.
  • Evacuate as instructed by emergency personnel.

Lightning more

Lightning strikes are of serious concern in the Midwest.

If lightning threatens when employees are inside:

  1. Stay inside.
  2. Stay away from open doors or windows, radiators, metal pipes, sinks, and plug-in electrical objects such as radios, electric typewriters, lamps, etc.
  3. Do not use plug-in electrical equipment.
  4. Do not use the telephone. Lightning may strike the telephone lines outside.

Earthquake more

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is in a moderate earthquake hazard zone. Earthquakes are unpredictable and may strike without warning. Earthquake injuries usually result from falling debris. Disruption of communication lines, light and power lines, and sewer and water mains can be expected.