PHYS 123 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Safety information

Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, so it’s important to take a minute to prepare for a situation in which our safety could depend on our ability to react quickly.

The UIUC public safety office has prepared a one-page document with instructions on what to do in emergencies. View/download the PDF file here.

Take a moment to learn the different ways to leave this building. If there’s ever a fire alarm or something like that, you’ll know how to get out and you’ll be able to help others get out. Next, figure out the best place to go in case of severe weather – we’ll need to go to a low-level in the middle of the building, away from windows.

And finally, if there’s ever someone trying to hurt us, the best option is to run out of the building. If it is not possible to do so safely, hiding somewhere you can’t be seen, and locking or barricading the door (if possible) is the next best option. You should be as quiet as possible and not leave that safe area until you receive an Illini-Alert confirming that it’s safe to do so. If running or hiding are not possible, a last resort is fighting back with whatever we can get our hands on.

To better prepare yourself for any of these situations, here are some additional resources:

If you have not done so already, please sign up for emergency text messages at

You can view a two-minute video with further instructions at the following website: