Preparing for Emergencies

COVID-19 Information 

Emergencies can happen at any time: Natural disasters. Technology-related disasters. Man-made disasters such as explosions or bomb threats. Being prepared with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to these emergencies can make the vital difference between becoming a victim and protecting yourself and the people around you. 

Your UCSF Police Department has taken important steps to help you obtain the information and skills needed for effective emergency preparedness. 

Emergency training 

Training to cope with an emergency: In addition to immediately responding to calls for help from the UCSF community, our UCSF Police Department offers a variety of self-protection training programs to members of the community and UCSF security personnel, most at no charge. The skills you can acquire in these programs can prove valuable in protecting yourself and others around you during an emergency.  

Emergency training video 

In partnership with the American Red Cross Bay Area, UCSF offers a 20-minute online training tutorial to help you and your family stay safe in emergencies.

Watch American Red Cross | Ready or Not: Prepare for Chance

  • Learn how to prevent injury and lessen the impact of a disaster 
  • Get prepared with a disaster supply kit and a plan for staying connected to your family 
  • Be ready to respond to emergency situations with confidence and help save lives 

UCSF PD all-hazard planning 

The UCSF Police Department Homeland Security Emergency Management Division’s “All-Hazard” planning ensures that we continually maintain and update the University’s emergency plan. 

To learn more, contact us at [email protected]

City of San Francisco emergency information 

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management has helpful information on surviving the first 72 hours after a major event, such as an earthquake. 

FEMA resources 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a wealth of information on becoming ready to handle emergencies. 

Locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) 

These portable, easy-to-use machines can be lifesaving for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.  

All UCSF Police patrol vehicles are equipped with AEDs. These vehicles are available at the following locations:  

  • Genentech Hall: 600 16th St.: Security Desk 
  • Helen Diller: 1450 3rd Street, 2nd Floor Lobby 
  • Laurel Heights: 3333 California Avenue, Security Desk 
  • 654 Minnesota St., Suite 180, UCPD Reception Desk 
  • Mission Bay Housing - East: Hearst Tower, Security Lobby 
  • Mission Center Building (MCB): 1855 Folsom Street, Security Desk 
  • Mission Hall: 550 16th Street, Security Desk 


UCSF is a certified StormReady university 

StormReady is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather by encouraging them to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous-weather operations.  

  • StormReady offers community emergency managers clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their response to hazardous weather conditions.   
  • For more information, visit National Weather Service Storm Ready.