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Emergency Preparedness for Students

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  1. Verify or update your preferred method of contact for UIC Alert, the university’s mass emergency notification system, to receive UIC Alert emergency notifications
  2. Download the UIC Safe app and become familiar with real time reporting and support resources, and additional features for a safer commute or for working alone on campus.
  3. Download and register for the UIC Ride app to use UIC’s after-hours “Night Ride” service, which provides safe transportation to UIC community members from 10 p.m.-7 a.m. each day.
  4. Watch the instructional video, Are you UICReady? Surviving an Active Threat Event.
    Knowing what to do can make the difference for you and those around you.
  5. Review relevant evacuation procedures and identify the locations of fire alarm pull-stations, fire extinguishers, and emergency call boxes near your classrooms and other buildings you frequent
  6. If you have an access or functional need (either temporary or permanent), contact the Disability Resource Center.
  7. Own your role in campus violence prevention: recognize the warning signs, share your concerns, and know your resources for student wellness and success.


  1. Know your options to evacuate, evade, or engage, and follow instructions provided by UIC Alert or emergency personnel or UIC faculty and staff.
  2. Report acts or threats of violence to the UIC Police Department by calling (312) 355-5555 or using the reporting features on the UIC Safe app.
  3. Obtain official emergency information from UIC Alert or The official UIC Twitter @ThisIsUIC may also be used as a trusted source.
    • Misinformation is a significant risk and potential source of trouble in any fast-developing situation, so we urge all UIC affiliates to rely on only official university information.
Learn more about UIC Security Alerts