The Catholic University of America

 Emergency Evacuation Information

During university emergencies the Department of Public Safety provides for the safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors as well as the security of property. In the event of an emergency, survival is your top priority.  As such, it is strongly recommended that all members of the CUA community become familiar with how the university manages emergencies.  Please review the information available on Safety First, Safety Always ( on a regular basis. 

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

During an emergency, If you can’t evacuate:

  1. Call 202-319-5111 and/or go to a window and signal for help.  (NOTE:  It is recommended that all persons who may need assistance during an emergency program the phone number for DPS into their cell phones)
  1. Go to the nearest exit or preferred area of safe refuge and await the arrival of emergency personnel.

If you are in a building during an emergency evacuation of any kind, notify DPS of your location so that someone with appropriate training can assist you.  Once you call DPS, they will instruct you as to the best place for you to go and wait.

If you are unable to call, try to locate any CUA faculty or staff member to either assist you or get word to DPS that you need assistance. 

The Good Samaritan Statutes would apply in situations such as these.  Therefore, if someone is willing to assist you, they would not be liable in the event something happened. The Good Samaritan Statues says that a person who renders emergency care at or near the scene of, or during an emergency, gratuitously and in good faith, is not liable for any civil damages or penalties as a result of any act or omission by the person rendering the emergency care, unless the person is grossly negligent or caused the emergency.

In the event you have to evacuate a building and you use a wheelchair, let those assisting you know that it is okay to leave the wheelchair behind.  We can replace the wheelchair. We can not replace the person in it.

It is also strongly recommended that, as an individual with a disability, you come up with your own Personal Emergency Plan (PEP) for how to evacuate during an emergency and practice.  Practice will help to ensure that it can be implemented appropriately and help identify any gaps or problems the require refinement so that it works as expected.

For more information on emergency preparedness and response, go to: