Is your classroom Mason Ready? This page contains information and resources to help you prepare your students, and yourself, for an emergency at George Mason University. If you have any questions about emergency preparedness, please contact the Environmental Health & Safety office (EHS).

Not a Faculty member? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared resources for everyone in the George Mason University community! Visit our home page here for more information.

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 ReadyVirginia.gov.

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

Classroom Resources

Syllabus Insert

Including emergency information in your course syllabus is an easy way to share important information with your students. EHS has created a template that Faculty can copy and paste into existing syllabi. Faculty can fill in the blanks for their students before class, or they can discuss it in person on the first day and have the students identify and record the details as a group. For those interested in having a discussion with their students, talking points are also included in the same document. For questions, contact EHS.

On Campus Violence

Although violence cannot be prevented entirely, there certain actions that can help keep the university safe. Report all suspicious, threatening, or violent behavior by calling 911 or University Police at (703) 993-2810. Avoid working or walking alone if you feel unsafe. In addition to reviewing the EHS Workplace and On Campus Violence Response guide, the Department of Police and Public Safety and EHS also provide resources related to the subject and how everyone can be involved in keeping Mason a safe place to work and study.

Classroom Disruption

Classroom disruptions can be distracting to students and faculty alike.  Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) provides comprehensive services for students in an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the Mason community. SSAC services include assisting students who are encountering barriers to their academic success or personal growth, interpersonal violence prevention, alcohol and drug education, health promotion/healthy relationships, student crisis intervention, and connecting students with appropriate campus and off-campus resources. Contact SSAC at703-993-3686 or  for more information or assistance.

Emergency Response Information


You will be notified of an emergency on campus via Mason Alert. When notified of an emergency, it is important to remain calm and follow any instructions you receive from emergency responders or university officials. During emergencies, cell phone towers are frequently overwhelmed by large call volume which may prevent others from calling for help. If possible, use text messaging to communicate with friends and family during emergencies to leave phone lines open for those who need them most.

Emergency Services

George Mason maintains its own full-time, sworn Police force. The Department of Police and Public Safety works closely with regional law enforcement, fire and rescue departments to protect our community and respond to emergencies on campus. To learn more about The Department of Police and Public Safety, visit police.gmu.edu.

In addition, the university works closely with the Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Warren County Fire Departments to provide fire and rescue services to all George Mason University campuses.

University Emergency Response

George Mason maintains a comprehensive Emergency Management program. In an emergency, university officials convene and utilize emergency plans to coordinate response activities and provide support to first responders and those impacted by the emergency. University plans are designed to protect students, employees, and visitors. Click here for more information on Mason’s emergency management program.

Public Safety

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is a combined report that includes, but is not limited to; campus safety and security policies, statistics for Clery Act crimes on university property, adjacent property, and non-university property owned or controlled by the university for the previous three years; and fire statistics for on-campus student housing facilities for the previous three years.

To view the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, click here. The daily crime and fire log can also be accessed via the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report page.

Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics

Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender under any education program or activity receiving federal funding. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX.

More information related specifically to Title IX compliance, bystander intervention, etc. can be found on the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics website here.

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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