Departments & Units

This page contains information on how your department or unit can best prepare for emergencies at George Mason University. If you or anyone in your department/unit have any questions about emergency preparedness, please contact the Environmental Health & Safety office (EHS).

We encourage individual Faculty and Staff members to review the pages we’ve set up with resources specifically for your respective audience. Click here to view our Faculty emergency preparedness page, or click here to visit the Staff page.

Be Prepared

Mason Alert

Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community. All university employees are automatically enrolled in Mason Alert, and are strongly advised to register cell phone numbers and any additional email addresses to ensure emergency messages are received in a timely manner.

To manage your alert preferences, log into your Mason Alert account using your PatriotPass password.

Emergency Preparedness Flip Books

EHS provides emergency preparedness flipbooks for faculty and staff. This pocket-sized resource contains information on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that may occur on campus, to include: building evacuation, severe weather, shelter-in-place procedures, on-campus violence, regional emergencies, medical emergencies, and emergency contact numbers. EHS will deliver Emergency Preparedness Flip Books to university offices upon request. Please contact EHS to place a request.

Emergency Preparedness App

Rave Guardian is a campus safety mobile application that enhances preparedness and safety on-campus using interactive features and allowing students to create a virtual network of friends, family and campus safety personnel. The application also includes anonymous, two-way crime reporting through text and picture messaging. The application is available to anyone with a university email address for free through the iTunes store and the Google Play store.

Emergency Signage

In addition to lighted EXIT signs in every building at Mason, additional signage is posted that we recommend you become familiar with to be prepared for emergencies.

  • Emergency Procedures Posters: Large green and gold Emergency Procedures Posters (PDF) provide quick and easy to follow instructions on how to respond to emergency situations. Posters are available in two sizes; 8.5 x 13 or 15.5 x 24 inches. If you would like to obtain posters for your work area, please send a request to EHS. You may also request that posters be installed in your classroom.
  • Evacuation Plans: These plans indicate primary and alternate exit routes, the location of fire extinguishers, location of AED, and provide the physical address of each building on campus.
  • Severe Weather Shelter Area: These placards indicate publicly accessible shelter locations where you may seek shelter during severe weather emergencies. Severe Weather Shelter Area signs are posted outside certain stairwells, interior hallways, and rooms. For more information, please refer to the Tornado and Severe Weather Guide (PDF).

Emergency Equipment

All buildings at Mason are equipped with fire extinguishers and fire alarm activation “pull” stations. All large public venues and performance areas (such as the EagleBank Arena, Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Johnson Center) have Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

Click here to look up building addresses. A list of buildings with AED and the location of AED is available here.

Personal Emergency Kits

During emergencies, resource availability may be limited and environmental conditions may change from established patterns. Members of the Mason community should have an emergency kit at home, at work, and in their personal vehicle. For instructions on how to build an emergency kit and suggestions for what items to include, visit

Click here to download a PDF with tips for what to store in an emergency kit, courtesy of

Emergency Planning

EHS-Emergency Management staff are available to assist departments and units with creating emergency response plans specific to your department or unit’s functions. For more information on emergency planning within your department please contact EHS.

Continuity of Operations Planning

George Mason University maintains a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which provides a framework to minimize potential impact and allow for rapid recovery from an incident that disrupts operations. The Environmental Health & Safety office (EHS) is currently expanding COOP to include additional units and departments. To determine how your department or unit is or should be involved in COOP, please contact EHS.

Exercises and Drills

George Mason University participates in and conducts numerous drills throughout the year, including earthquake, tornado, and fire drills.

Annually, George Mason University conducts tabletop, function, and/or full scale emergency exercises with the Executive Council and university Emergency Operations Group. These exercises are designed to prepare university personnel to respond to various emergencies that may occur on campus, recover from emergencies as quickly as possible, and provide the appropriate support to students, employees, and university operations.

For more information on drills please click here. If you would like to schedule a drill or emergency exercise for your department or unit please contact EHS.

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