What is a regional emergency?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:45 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm

A regional emergency is an emergency that is large enough or severe enough to impact a portion of the D.C. Metropolitan Region, Northern Virginia, or the Commonwealth of Virginia with severe disruptions to traffic, utilities, transportation. Examples include hurricanes, major snowstorms, flooding, pandemic diseases, terrorism, and regional power outages.

What is George Mason University’s role during a regional emergency?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:45 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm

George Mason University cooperates with state and local governments, community partners, and surrounding states to respond to regional emergencies. The role that George Mason University will assume in a regional emergency is dependent up the location, severity, and impact of the emergency. The university maintains plans in accordance with state regulations to assist the university […]

What information and resources regarding emergency procedures are available to student residents?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:44 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Please reference the Resident Safety Program webpage for information on resident student policies and frequently asked questions.

When should I evacuate a building and what should I do?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:43 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds or when a university official or first responder instructs you to evacuate. You should report to directly to your building’s Designated Assembly Area which is identified on the evacuation plan located throughout each building. Failure to evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds is a misdemeanor […]

What is a designated assembly area and where is it?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

A Designated Assembly Area is a pre-identified outdoor location at least 50 feet from a building where individuals should upon evacuating the building. The Designated Assembly Area is identified on Evacuation Plans posted throughout university buildings. Each Evacuation Plan has at least two Designated Assembly Areas identified. Know where both are located in case one […]

When is it safe to re-enter a building?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

It is only safe to re-enter a building that has been evacuated when the fire department, university official, or emergency response personnel tells you it is safe to do so.

Where do I get information when classes are canceled?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:41 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:44 pm

George Mason University uses Mason Alert to officially announce closures or changes to campus operations.  You can also look on the university homepage www.gmu.edu for additional information about university operations.  Many local news sources will compile and report closures around the region.  Always verify any reported closures or delays with Mason Alert or the university […]

What if I am unable to evacuate a building due to disability?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:40 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm

If you have a disability, you are encouraged to identify an Evacuation Assistant. This person may be a co-worker or friend who volunteers to assist you during an emergency. If you are unable to evacuate a building during an emergency, you should let your Evacuation Assistant or someone know you are unable to evacuate and […]

Does EHS provide training on how to respond to emergencies?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:39 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm

EHS provides Emergency Preparedness Workshops.  These workshops provide instruction on how to prepare for and respond to various emergencies.  The workshops can be tailored to a department’s individual needs.  To request a workshop for your department, contact EHS at safety@gmu.edu.

How do I register for fire extinguisher training?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 10:38 am, Last Updated: April 24, 2020 at 10:37 am

Fire extinguisher training is available to everyone at George Mason University at no cost. For a list of training sessions or to register for training, visit ehs.gmu.edu/training.